Natalia Baranova-Masalkina

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Natalia Baranova-Masalkina
Medal record
Women's cross-country skiing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin 4 x 5 km
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Oberstdorf 4 x 5 km
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Oberstdorf 30 km

Natalia Baranova-Masalkina (born February 25, 1975 in Krivosheino, Tomsk Oblast) is a former Russian cross-country skier who has competed from 1994 to 2006. She won a gold medal in the 4 x 5 km at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Baranova-Masalkina won two medals at the 2005 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a silver in the 4 x 5 km and a bronze in the 30 km. She also has three individual victories at various levels from 1995 to 2004.

Doping case[edit]

Baranova-Masalkina tested positive for EPO in a WADA pre-Games control for the 2002 Winter Olympics. She was ejected from the Olympic village after the positive was announced, and was subsequently handed a two-year ban from sports by FIS.[1]


  1. ^ John Morton: Olympic cheaters – an update, Vermont Sports, 1 July 2002