|Native name||Ольга Харлан|
4 September 1990 |
Olga Kharlan (Ukrainian: Ольга Харлан) (born September 4, 1990 in Mykolaiv, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian fencer (specialising in Sabre) and member of the team which won the gold medal in sabre at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Kharlan was elected Ukraine's "Best Sportswoman of the Year" during the 2008 "Heroes of Sports Year" award. Next to sport, she also peruses a political career.
In the final against China at the Sabre team events during the 2008 Summer Olympics, Kharlan was the main drive for victory, staging a spectacular comeback of the Ukrainian team and scoring more than half of the 45 points of victory.
At the 2009 Seniors European Fencing Championship in Bulgaria Kharlan won gold in the women's fencing Sabre final and the Ukrainian team (she was a member of) won gold in the Sabre final beating Russia. The team won the title "Team of the Year" at the (Ukrainian) "Heroes of Sports Year 2009" ceremony in April 2010.
Since the 2010 Ukrainian local elections Kharlan is a member of the Mykolaiv City Council for Party of Regions; she lives in Kiev. She was standing for election to the Ukrainian Parliament in the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election but due to an 194th place on the list of Party of Regions she was not elected.
- Ольга Харлан: На олімпіаді ми взяли своє, а китаянок навіть шкода, Сhampion.com.ua (October 22, 2008) (Ukrainian)
- Keywords: Olga Harlan, UNIAN (January 28, 2009)
- Watch the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Kyiv Post (August 6, 2008)
- Ukraine photo page, USA Today (July 16, 2009)
- Plovdiv said goodbye to the European Fencing Championships, European Fencing Confederation (July 19, 2009)
- Українські шаблісти вперше стали Чемпіонками Європи, перемігши у фіналі Росію, Korrespondent (July 20, 2009) (Ukrainian)
- Галина Пундик, Ольга Жовнір та Олена Хомрова, UNIAN (April 7, 2010) (Ukrainian)
- Ukrainian women fencers win gold at World Championship, Den
- Ukraine's Olga Kharlan celebrates the gold medal victory over Russia in the women's fencing team sabre final at the European Fencing Championship in Leipzig, July 22, 2010, Daylife (July 22, 2010)
- (L-R) Ukraine's Olga Khomrova, Galyna Pundyk, Olga Zhovnir and Olga Kharlan pose with their gold medals during a ceremony for the women's fencing team sabre final at the European Fencing Championship in Leipzig, July 22, 2010, Daylife (July 22, 2010)
- Olga Kharlan fights her way to a new life, BBC Sport (13 March 2012)
- Харлан Ольга Геннадіївна, Mykolayiv City Council (Ukrainian)
- Московский комсомолец:Рада як ніколи Moskovsky Komsomolets:Council as ever, Korrespondent.net (13 September 2012) (Ukrainian)
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