Yaroshenko in Östersund in 2008.
|Full name||Dmitri Vladimirovich Yaroshenko|
4 November 1976 |
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|World Cup debut||12 March 1999|
|Teams||2 (2007, 2008)|
|Medals||3 (2 gold)|
|Seasons||8 (1998/99, 2002/03,
1 Pursuit (2006–07)
However, ahead of the 2009 World Championships, it was announced that Yaroshenko had tested positive for a banned substance. Yaroshenko subsequently received a two-year ban from competition. After being unable to return to his former level and the World Cup, bar one race, after the end of the ban, Yaroshenko retired after the 2012–13 season.
Life and career
Yaroshenko is a military officer, and resides in Novosibirsk. He has been a biathlete since 1987, but it was in 2004 that he took his first major success, with the forementioned silver medal.
The following season, he took his first World Cup points in a race in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2005, aged 28. Earlier in the season, he had finished third in the Summer Grand Prix events in Khanty-Mansiysk, on roller skis. Present at that meet were four of the six medallists from the 2004 World Championships. He also won an individual European Cup race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Yaroshenko won three European Cup sprints in the 2005–06 season, and won the European Cup that year. He got one start in the World Cup before the 2006 Winter Olympics, finishing 24th and as the sixth-best Russian in a sprint in Oberhof. In total, Yaroshenko appeared in eight World Cup races that season, with a best place of 13th in Holmenkollen, and with an overall place of 61st.
Yaroshenko was selected for the World Cup team from the opening race of the 2006–07 season, and with a flawless shooting he entered the podium in his second start of the season, 15.5 seconds behind winner Ole Einar Bjørndalen in a sprint race in Östersund. Yaroshenko finished as runner-up in two more races before the Christmas break, and was second in the overall World Cup after two weeks of competition. A poor performance in the third World Cup meet moved him down to third, but he was back to second after fifth and second place in Oberhof in the first meet after the break. At this point, he also led the pursuit Cup, where three of his four-second places had been achieved. Also, Yaroshenko had been part of the Russian relay team all season, and after three races they led the relay Cup by eleven points.
On 13 February 2009, the IBU announced Yaroshenko and teammates Ekaterina Iourieva and Albina Akhatova, tested positive for EPO during the World Cup in Östersund. Each were banned for two years, with all results that season being struck.
Yaroshenko returned in 2010, but he could never repeat his former success. Although he became an absolute champion on Roller-ski Biathlon World Championship 2011 in Nove Mesto (he won the sprint, the pursuit and the mixed relay), but he had no significant performance in IBU competitions, participating in only one World Cup race for the rest of his career.
3 medals (2 gold, 1 bronze)
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Relay||Mixed relay|
- *During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
1 victory (1 Sp)
|7 December 2007||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
- *Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.
- Men's European Cup Total Score, from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 9 January 2007
- Biathalon World Champion Suspended for Doping[dead link] SI.com, February 13, 2009
- Прощание матерых (in Russian). Russian Biathlon Union. March 31, 2013. Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- "Dmitri Yaroshenko". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.