Darya Domracheva

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Darya Domracheva
Darya Domracheva WCup Oberhof 2018.jpg
Personal information
Full nameDarya Vladimirovna Domracheva
Nickname(s)Dasha
Born3 August 1986 (1986-08-03) (age 32)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Belarus)
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s)
Websitedaryadomracheva.by
Professional information
SportBiathlon
ClubDynamo Minsk
Olympic Games
Teams3 (2010, 2014, 2018)
Medals6 (4 gold)
World Championships
Teams8 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Medals6 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons9
Individual victories34
Individual podiums81
Overall titles1
Discipline titles5

Dárya Vladímirovna Dómracheva (Belarusian: Дар’я Уладзіміраўна Домрачава; Darja Uładzimiraŭna Domračava; born 3 August 1986) is a retired Belarusian biathlete who competed in the Biathlon World Cup from 2006 to 2018.[1] She won a gold medal in the 4×6 km relay and a silver medal in the mass start competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics, three gold medals in the pursuit, individual, and mass start competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and a bronze medal in the individual competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[2] She was a Biathlon World Cup overall winner for the 2014–15 season.

Career[edit]

Domracheva started her sports career with cross-country skiing in 1992 but switched to biathlon in 1999. She originally represented Russia at the junior level but received an offer to transfer to Belarus in 2004.[3] She joined Belarus’ national biathlon team in 2006 (having made her junior team debut in 2005). Domracheva won sprint and pursuit at the 2005 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships in Kontiolahti (Finland). She finished 40th in the individual race (the diopter fell off, and she missed 5 targets at the third shooting stage.)

Domracheva took 3rd place in the pursuit and 4th place in the individual events at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine. In 2007, she picked up two silver medals in sprint and pursuit at the Junior World Championships in Martell, Italy.[4]

Her breakthrough came during the 2008/2009 season when she earned two third places and one second place.

At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, she won the bronze medal in the Women's 15-kilometer individual race at the Whistler Olympic Park venue. Later in the same season, on 13 March, she won her first World Cup race in the sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland. The next day she also won the pursuit.

Domracheva was named Belarus' Female Athlete of the Year in 2010, and was also given the title of Honoured Master of Sport that year.[3]

She continued to improve after the Vancouver Olympics, winning 10 world cup races between the 2011-2013 seasons, as well as becoming the world champion in the pursuit in 2012, and the mass start in 2013.

In 2014 Domracheva was given the Hero of Belarus medal, after winning three gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In August 2015, Domracheva decided to skip the 2015–16 World Cup season due to mononucleosis which was diagnosed in July.[5][6][7]

Domracheva confirmed her pregnancy in April 2016,[8] and said that she plans to return to compete in 2017. Domracheva returned to the World Cup in January 2017 for the 2016–17 season. Her comeback ended up being successful, winning a silver medal at the 2017 world championships in the individual pursuit in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she was unable to defend her Olympic titles from Sochi; however she was still able to pick up a silver medal in the mass start individually, and helped the Belarusian team win the historic first Olympic gold medal in the relay.[9] She finished the 2018 season ranked 3rd overall in the Biathlon World Cup, and announced her retirement in June, citing difficulties in combining both elite sport and parenting. She finished her career as Belarus’ most decorated winter Olympian, and most decorated Olympian of either the winter or summer games to compete for Belarus as an independent nation; gymnasts Olga Korbut and Vitaly Scherbo both have more medals, but Korbut competed for the Soviet Union and Scherbo only received 4 of his medals competing for Belarus; his remaining medals were won as part of the Unified Team.

She was coached by former World Champion and Olympic medalist Klaus Siebert.[10]

World Cup[edit]

Domracheva won the Pursuit World Cup 2011–2012 and won the Mass Start World Cup 2011–2012. In the Total World Cup 2011–2012 she ended the season second with 1188 points behind Magdalena Neuner's 1216 points.

In the 2010–2011 season Domracheva won the Mass Start World Cup.[11]

Her biggest achievement was in the 2014–2015 when was Domracheva won the Overall World Cup title with 1092 points, 48 points more than second and twice winner Kaisa Mäkäräinen. She also won the Sprint World Cup title in that season.

Season Overall Sprint Pursuit Individual Mass Start
Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position
2006/07 16/27 297 22nd 9/10 164 15th 6/8 125 15th 0/4 1/5 8 42nd
2007/08 18/26 226 26th 10/10 124 18th 6/8 76 22nd 0/3 2/5 26 34th
2008/09 23/26 776 7th 10/10 329 5th 6/7 214 8th 3/4 87 14th 4/5 146 7th
2009/10 22/25 770 6th 9/10 283 6th 5/6 199 4th 3/4 121 4th 5/5 140 8th
2010/11 26/26 862 6th 10/10 323 7th 7/7 252 5th 4/4 51 29th 5/5 236 1st
2011/12 26/26 1188 2nd 10/10 471 2nd 8/8 392 1st 3/3 116 3rd 5/5 250 1st
2012/13 26/26 924 2nd 10/10 351 2nd 8/8 251 6th 3/3 122 3rd 5/5 200 2nd
2013/14 20/22 793 3rd 8/9 254 3rd 7/8 296 3rd 2/2 92 2nd 3/3 151 1st
2014/15 25/25 1092 1st 10/10 416 1st 7/7 347 2nd 3/3 139 2nd 5/5 206 3rd
2015/16 Did not start due to mononucleosis[7]
2016/17 16/26 394 24th 6/9 135 21st 6/9 161 19th 2/3 42 26th 2/5 56 29th
2017/18 18/22 804 3rd 7/8 313 2nd 5/7 237 5th 2/2 65 5th 4/5 189 4th

Overall record[edit]

Result Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed
relay
Total
Individual events Team events All events
1st place 4 9 11 10 1 34 1 35
2nd place 3 11 5 4 1 23 1 24
3rd place 2 10 8 4 1 24 1 25
Podiums 9 30 24 18 2 1 81 3 84
Top 10
Points
Others
DNF 1 2 2 5 5
DSQ
Starts 310
* Results in IBU World Cup races, Olympics and World Championships. Statistics as of 21 December 2008.

Record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

6 medals (4 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay[a]
Canada 2010 Vancouver Bronze 8th 15th 6th 7th N/A
Russia 2014 Sochi Gold 9th Gold Gold 5th
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang 27th 9th 37th Silver Gold 5th

World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Italy 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 13th 22nd DNF 5th 13th
Sweden 2008 Östersund 46th 25th 5th Silver
South Korea 2009 Pyeongchang 11th 53rd 5th 6th 4th 9th
Russia 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk Not held in an Olympic season 9th
Russia 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 19th 26th 35th Silver Bronze 10th
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding 25th Silver Gold 5th 4th 6th
Czech Republic 2013 Nové Město 33rd 43rd 25th Gold 7th 11th
Finland 2015 Kontiolahti 16th 25th 7th 4th 7th 4th
Norway 2016 Oslo
Austria 2017 Hochfilzen 13th 27th Silver 19th 9th

Individual victories[edit]

34 victories (9 Sp, 11 Pu, 4 In, 10 MS)

No. Season Date Location Discipline Level
1 2009/10 13 March 2010 Finland Kontiolahti, Finland 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
2 14 March 2010 Finland Kontiolahti, Finland 10 km Pursuit World Cup
3 2010/11 20 March 2011 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
4 2011/12 1 December 2011 Sweden Östersund, Sweden 15 km Individual World Cup
5 10 December 2011 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria 10 km Pursuit World Cup
6 22 January 2012 Italy Antholz, Italy 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
7 4 March 2012 Germany Ruhpolding, Germany 10 km Pursuit World Championships
8 17 March 2012 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 10 km Pursuit World Cup
9 18 March 2012 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
10 2012/13 7 December 2012 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
11 17 February 2013 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 12.5 km Mass Start World Championships
12 7 March 2013 Russia Sochi, Russia 15 km Individual World Cup
13 2013/14 3 January 2014 Germany Oberhof, Germany 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
14 4 January 2014 Germany Oberhof, Germany 10 km Pursuit World Cup
15 11 February 2014 Russia Sochi, Russia 10 km Pursuit Winter Olympic Games
16 14 February 2014 Russia Sochi, Russia 15 km Individual Winter Olympic Games
17 17 February 2014 Russia Sochi, Russia 12.5 km Mass Start Winter Olympic Games
18 9 March 2014 Slovenia Pokljuka, Slovenia 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
19 20 March 2014 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
20 2014/15 4 December 2014 Sweden Östersund, Sweden 15 km Individual World Cup
21 20 December 2014 Slovenia Pokljuka, Slovenia 10 km Pursuit World Cup
22 11 January 2015 Germany Oberhof, Germany 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
23 18 January 2015 Germany Ruhpolding, Germany 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
24 23 January 2015 Italy Antholz, Italy 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
25 24 January 2015 Italy Antholz, Italy 10 km Pursuit World Cup
26 8 February 2015 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Pursuit World Cup
27 14 February 2015 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
28 21 March 2015 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 10 km Pursuit World Cup
29 2017/18 8 December 2017 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
30 21 January 2018 Italy Antholz, Italy 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
31 9 March 2018 Finland Kontiolahti, Finland 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
32 18 March 2018 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway 10 km Pursuit World Cup
33 23 March 2018 Russia Tyumen, Russia 7.5 km Sprint World Cup
34 25 March 2018 Russia Tyumen, Russia 12.5 km Mass Start World Cup
* Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

Personal life[edit]

Domracheva at the World Championships in Östersund 2008

Domracheva was born in Minsk. When she was four, her parents, who are architects, moved to the small town of Nyagan in Siberia. Domracheva started skiing when she was six. In cross-country ski races she was competing with boys, as she had no rivals among girls. A biathlon school was opened in Nyagan in 1999, which Domracheva attended.

Domracheva attended university in Tyumen, and studied sports management from 2002 until 2003.

Domracheva's family moved back to Minsk in 2003. There was no faculty of Sports Management in Minsk, so Domracheva changed to studying Tourism Management at the Belarusian State Economic University.[3] In 2009, she was writing her diploma thesis on the subject: Advertising in the tourism industry.[12]

Domracheva's nickname is "Dasha".[13]

Domracheva presented the voting result of Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 final on 18 May.

On 5 April 2016, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen confirmed that he and Domracheva are in a relationship and that Domracheva would give birth to their first child in October 2016.[14] They were married 16 July 2016.[15] Domracheva gave birth to a daughter, Xenia, on 1 October 2016.[16] She retired from competitions in June 2018 to focus on raising her daughter.[1]

Film[edit]

Domracheva used a video camera to document herself, her teammates and athletes from other countries from 2008 until after the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The 500 hours of material was edited into a 50-minute movie. The movie gives a unique insight into the life of world class athletes during the whole year, from the few weeks of relaxation and rest in the spring, through the hard training during the summer and the fall, to the competition season between December and March. The movie shows athletes from many countries, living together, traveling together and competing together.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Четырехкратная олимпийская чемпионка Дарья Домрачева объявила о завершении карьеры. TASS.ru (25 June 2018)
  2. ^ Darya Domracheva. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ a b c "Athletes: Darya Domracheva". sochi2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  4. ^ Darya Domracheva. Official Website of the Republic of Belarus. Belarus.by. Retrieved on 19 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Olympic champion Darya Domracheva to miss biathlon season". Zee News. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ Mononucleosis Hits Darya Domracheva Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b Darya Domracheva to Skip 2015–16 Biathlon Season Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Domracheva, Darya. "Pregnant Domracheva plans to return to sport in January 2017 Read full text at: https://eng.belta.by/sport/view/pregnant-domracheva-plans-to-return-to-sport-in-january-2017-90250-2016/ If you use BelTA's materials, you must credit us with a hyperlink to eng.belta.by". belta.by. Retrieved 5 April 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  9. ^ "BELARUS TAKE WOMEN'S BIATHLON 4X6KM RELAY GOLD". Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Klaus Siebert: Biathlon is My Life". International Biathlon Union. 7 January 2012. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  11. ^ IBU official result page Archived 1 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. biathlonresults.com
  12. ^ Domracheva-Interview: "Sports – rather than hanging around" Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. biathlonworld.com (22 January 2009). Retrieved on 19 July 2014.
  13. ^ Dasha Dashes to Victory, News from IBU Archived 5 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. .biathlonworld.com (18 March 2012). Retrieved on 19 July 2014.
  14. ^ Zaccardi, Nick. (5 April 2016) Ole Einar Bjoerndalen eyes 7th Olympics, family with another Sochi superstar – OlympicTalk. Olympics.nbcsports.com. Retrieved on 2018-06-25.
  15. ^ "Ole Einar Bjørndalen – Timeline | Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  16. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (5 January 2017). "World's top biathlete returns three months after childbirth". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  17. ^ Darya Domracheva. Representing Belarus Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. 2b.by. Retrieved on 19 July 2014.

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