Lina Cheryazova

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Lina Cheryazova
Lina Cheryazova. Stamp of Uzbekistan, 2001.jpg
Cheryazova on a 2001 stamp of Uzbekistan
Personal information
Born(1968-11-01)1 November 1968
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Soviet Union
Died23 March 2019(2019-03-23) (aged 50)
Novosibirsk, Russia
Height164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
SportFreestyle skiing
Coached byDmitri Kavunov[1]

Lina Anatolyevna Cheryazova (Russian: Лина Анатольевна Черязова, 1 November 1968 – 23 March 2019) was a Uzbek freestyle skier who competed in aerials. She won a bronze medal at the 1990 European Championship and a gold medal at the 1993 World Championships before winning the gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics with a score of 166.84. So far she is the only athlete to have won a Winter Olympic medal while representing the Republic of Uzbekistan. Her achievements earned her the title of Honored Athlete of the Republic of Uzbekistan.[2]

Cheryazova initially trained in gymnastics and trampolining, and took up freestyle skiing in 1987. She debuted at the World Cup in December 1989, and became the overall winner in the 1992–93 (winning six out of eight races) and 1993–94 seasons (winning six out of 11 races). In the summer of 1994, Cheryazova fractured her skull while training, and spent more than a month in a coma. She resumed competing in the autumn of 1995, but never regained her previous form. She retired after another injury sustained after the 1998 Olympics.[2] In 1999 she moved to Novosibirsk, Russia, where she lived with her adopted daughter Alina.[1]

Cheryazova died on March 23, 2019, following a lengthy illness.[3] She was 50.


  1. ^ a b Rudyk, Taras (22 April 2009). Лина и Алина. Krasnaya Zvezda.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lina Cheryazova". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  3. ^ "First Olympic women's aerials champion Lina Cheryazova dies at 50 Social Sharing". Retrieved 26 March 2019.