Olga Zaitseva

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Olga Zaitseva
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Zaitseva at the awards ceremony in the Kremlin in 2010
Personal information
Full name Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva
Born (1978-05-16) 16 May 1978 (age 38)
Moscow, RSFSR,
Soviet Union
Residence Moscow, Russia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Website www.zajceva.ru
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club Dynamo Moscow, CSKA Moscow[1]
World Cup debut 12 February 2000
Retired 24 January 2015
Olympic Games
Teams 4 (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)[1]
Medals 4 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams 8 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Medals 8 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 12 (1999/00,
2001/02–2005/06,
2008/09–2013/14)
Individual races 174
All races 208
Individual victories 12
All victories 26
Individual podiums 37
All podiums 60
Discipline titles 1:
1 Mass start (2004–05)

Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva (Russian: Ольга Алексеевна Зайцева; born 16 May 1978) is a former Russian biathlete. She began her career in 1994. After not competing in the 2014–15 season, Zaitseva announced her retirement on 24 January 2015.[2] Shortly afterwards she announced that she had been appointed as caretaker head coach of the Russian biathlon team.[3]

Record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Zaitseva has won two gold medals and one silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games.

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay
2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City 37th N/A
2006 Winter Olympics, Torino 9th 19th 15th Gold N/A
2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver 26th 7th 7th Silver Gold N/A
2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi 15th 28th 11th 23rd Silver 4th

World Championships[edit]

Zaitseva has won eight medals — three gold, two silver and three bronze. All her World Championship medals Zaitseva won in two Championships: 2005 Hochfilzen, Austria and 2009 Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay
2003 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 32nd N/A[a]
2004 Oberhof, Germany 49th 20th N/A[a]
2005 Hochfilzen, Austria Silver Bronze 17th Gold Silver[b]
2006 Pokljuka, Slovenia Not held in an Olympic season
2007 Antholz, Italy
2008 Östersund, Sweden
2009 Pyeongchang, South Korea 14th Bronze Bronze Gold Gold 5th
2010 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia Not held in an Olympic season
2011 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 4th 12th 6th 8th 6th
2012 Ruhpolding, Germany 6th 16th 7th DSQ 7th 5th
2013 Nové Město 6th 4th 4th 5th 4th 6th

World Cup[edit]

Olga Zaitseva Kontiolahti 2010

During her first 1999—2000 World Cup season, Zaitseva only appeared in one race, didn't scoring for the overall standings. Starting from the second half 2001—02 season, she became a regular in the Russian World Cup team. The best result is the 4th place in the 2004—05 season and winning the mass start discipline cup of the same season.

Season Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Overall
Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position
1 2001–02 1/4 4/8 24 44th 4/9 39 36th 1/3 16 31st 10/24 79 42nd
2 2002–03 2/3 50 14th 8/9 103 23rd 6/7 133 12th 3/4 10 36th 19/23 296 19th
3 2003–04 2/3 14 30th 8/10 208 11th 7/9 209 9th 4/4[c] 55 19th 21/26 489 10th
4 2004–05 2/4 20 36th 9/10 292 3rd 8/9 290 3rd 4/4[c] 136 1st 23/27 752 4th
5 2005–06 2/3 66 8th 8/10 165 15th 6/8 135 14th 4/5 77 14th 20/26 443 15th
6 2006–07 Temporary retirement from the sport due to marriage and childbirth.
7 2007–08
8 2008–09[d] 4/4[c] 113 5th 10/10[c] 308 7th 7/7[c] 219 7th 5/5[c] 162 4th 26/26[e] 834 6th
9 2009–10[d] 3/4 58 24th 9/10 281 7th 5/6 207 3rd 5/5[c] 154 5th 22/25 719 8th
10 2010–11[d] 3/4 138 3rd 8/10 242 13th 5/7 131 17th 4/5 131 11th 20/26 642 12th
11 2011–12[d] 2/3 70 6th 5/10 228 2nd 4/8 180 2nd 1/5 43 4th 12/26 521 3rd
*Key:Races—number of entered races/all races; Points—won World Cup points; Position—World Cup season ranking.
**2011–12 season in progress. Statistics as of 15 January 2012.[4][5]

World Cup wins[edit]

Over the course of her career, Zaitseva has reached twelve personal World Cup wins. In the history of the International Biathlon Union she is ranked twelfth for all-time career victories. In addition, she has won twelve relay races and two mixed relay events as part of the Russian World Cup team.

Individual wins (13)
No. Date Location Discipline
1 5 December 2002 Östersund, Sweden Sprint
2 22 February 2003 Östersund, Sweden Individual
3 11 December 2004 Oslo – Holmenkollen, Norway Sprint
4 18 December 2004 Östersund, Sweden Pursuit
5 19 March 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia Mass Start
6 27 November 2005 Östersund, Sweden Pursuit
7 22 February 2009 Pyeongchang, South Korea (WCH) Mass Start
8 19 March 2009 Trondheim, Norway Sprint
9 13 January 2011 Ruhpolding, Germany Individual
10 16 December 2011 Hochfilzen, Austria Sprint
11 17 December 2011 Hochfilzen, Austria Pursuit
12 13 January 2012 Nove Mesto, Czech Republic Sprint
13 6 January 2013 Oberhof, Germany Pursuit
Relay wins (14)
No. Date Location Discipline
1 16 January 2003 Ruhpolding, Germany Mixed Relay
2 13 February 2003 Oslo – Holmenkollen, Norway Relay
3 5 December 2004 Beitostølen, Norway Relay
4 12 January 2005 Ruhpolding, Germany Relay
5 13 February 2005 Torino – Cesana San Sicario, Italy Relay
6 11 March 2005 Hochfilzen, Austria (WCH) Relay
7 11 January 2006 Ruhpolding, Germany Relay
8 23 February 2006 Torino – Cesana San Sicario, Italy (OG) Relay
9 21 February 2009 Pyeongchang, South Korea (WCH) Relay
10 13 December 2009 Hochfilzen, Austria Relay
11 23 February 2010 Vancouver, Canada (OG) Relay
12 22 January 2011 Antholz – Anterselva, Italy Relay
13 18 December 2011 Hochfilzen, Austria Mixed Relay
14 4 January 2012 Oberhof, Germany Relay
  • Key:WCH—World Championships; OG—Olympic Games.
    • 2011–12 season in progress. Statistics as of 15 January 2012.[4]

Overall record[edit]

As of January 2012, Zaitseva has competed in a total of 208 races at senior level, winning 26 of them (a 12.5 win percentage), including 174 races with 12 wins (a 6.9 win percentage) in individual events. She has claimed at least two wins in each discipline of biathlon. Zaitseva has reached a total of 60 World Cup podiums (28.8%): 37 in individual races (21.3%) and 23 in team events (67.6%). In addition, she has achieved 120 top ten finishes — 57.7% of all the races she has entered (including 88 top ten results (50.6%) in individual races).[4]

Olga Zaitseva strive for victory on 19 March 2009
Result Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay Total
Individual events Team events All events
1st Place 2 5 3 2 12 2 12 14 26
2nd Place 2 3 4 2 5 1 11 6 17
3rd Place 7 6 1 3 14 3 17
Podiums 4 15 13 5 20 3 37 23 60
Top 10 9 35 29 15 25 7 88 32 120
Points 16 61 50 29 25 7 156 32 188
Other 5 9 2 2[f] 2[g] 18 2 20
Starts 21 70 52 31 27 7 174 34 208
*Results in all IBU World Cup races. Statistics as of 15 January 2012.[4]

Achievements and honours[edit]

Olga Zaitseva with the President of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev at the awards ceremony in the Kremlin on March 2010

Sport titles

  • Winter Olympics
    • 2010 – Gold medal in the Relay, silver medal in the 12.5 km Mass Start
    • 2006 – Gold medal in the Relay
  • World Championships
    • 2009 – Gold medal in the 12.5 km Mass Start and Relay, bronze in the 7.5 km Sprint and 10 km Pursuit
    • 2005 – Gold medal in the Relay, silver in the 7.5 km Sprint and Mixed Relay and bronze in the 10 km Pursuit.
  • Mass Start World Cup winner — 2004–05

State Decorations and Awards

Other Awards

  • The Best Russian Athlete of the Year according to the vote at Sportbox.ru — 2011.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Zaitseva has two sisters: Elena (b. 1976) and Oksana (b. 1973), who was her coach.[10]

On 30 September 2006 Zaitseva married Milan Augustin, a Slovakian biathlon coach; they had a son Aleksandr born in 2007,[11] but divorced in 2013.[12] In October 2015 Zaitseva gave birth to her second son Stepan. Around that time she stopped coaching and was employed as a consultant for the Russian biathlon team. She is expected to return to coaching in 2016.[13]

Notes[edit]

a. 1 2 The mixed relay, contested for the first time in the World Championships, was held in 2005.
b. 1 The mixed relay was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
c. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Until 2010—11 season it was required to leave out the result of the worst discipline race for the final result of discipline world cup (if there were four discipline races or more during the season), so the points in respective columnes «Points» is represented after deduction of the result of the worst discipline race.
d. 1 2 3 4 Since 2008—09 season it was applied another points system in World Cup. Earlier biathlete got 50 points for win and top-30 was awarded. Now World Cup give 60 points and top-40 awarded.
e. 1 Until 2010—11 season it was required to leave out the results of the three worst races for the final result of overall world cup, so the points in respective column «Points» is represented after deduction of the results of the three worst discipline races.
f. 1 Did not finish (DNF).
g. 1 Disqualified (DSQ).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Olga Zaytseva. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Paone, Francesco (24 January 2015). "Olga Zaitseva back on his feet and decides to retire". Snowalps. Neve Italia. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Rogovitskiy, Dmitriy (30 January 2015). Grohmann, Karolos, ed. "Olympic champion Zaitseva named Russia caretaker coach". reuters.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Olga Zaitseva. IBU Profile
  5. ^ Cup Standings. biathlonresults.com
  6. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 5 марта 2010 года № 278 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации» (Russian)
  7. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 22 февраля 2007 года № 204 (Russian)
  8. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 17 января 2003 года № 43 (Russian)
  9. ^ «Золотой пьедестал»: Зайцева – лучший спортсмен России 2011 года! – SportBox.ru (Russian)
  10. ^ Оксана Рочева: «Ольга Зайцева бережет всех своих зайцев». trud.ru. 21 January 2010
  11. ^ Babei, Vitold (18 March 2007) Сын чемпионки. gazeta.ru.
  12. ^ Ольга Зайцева развелась с мужем. eurosport.ru. 4 August 2013
  13. ^ Двукратная олимпийская чемпионка по биатлону Зайцева во второй раз стала матерью. tass.ru. 17 October 2015

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