|Full name||Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva|
|Nickname(s)||"Bunny" (Russian: Зайка)|
|Born||16 May 1978|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb)|
|Club||Dynamo Moscow, CSKA Moscow|
|World Cup debut||12 February 2000|
|Retired||24 January 2015|
|Teams||4 (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)|
|Medals||3 (2 gold)|
|Teams||8 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|Medals||8 (3 gold)|
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. Shortly afterwards she announced that she had been appointed as caretaker head coach of the Russian biathlon team.
Zaitseva has won two gold medals and one silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games.
On 1 December 2017, she was disqualified from the 2014 Winter Olympics for doping offences. She appealed this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2018. After a postponement that lasted until 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld her disqualification; however, it lifted her lifetime ban from all Olympic Games.
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass Start||Relay||Mixed Relay|
|2002 Salt Lake City||37th||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014 Sochi||DSQ (15th)||DSQ (28th)||DSQ (11th)||DSQ (23rd)||DSQ (2nd)||DSQ (4th)|
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|
|2012 Ruhpolding, Germany||6th||16th||7th||DSQ||7th||5th|
|2013 Nové Město||6th||4th||4th||5th||4th||6th|
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. All her results from the 2013-14 season after Sochi were voided due to doping offences.
|6||2006–07||Temporary retirement from the sport due to marriage and childbirth.|
- *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.
World Cup wins
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.
- Key:WCH—World Championships; OG—Olympic Games.
- 2011–12 season in progress. Statistics as of 15 January 2012.
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).
|Result||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass Start||Relay||Mixed Relay||Total|
|Individual events||Team events||All events|
- *Results in all IBU World Cup races. Statistics as of 15 January 2012.
Achievements and honours
- Winter Olympics
- World Championships
- Mass Start World Cup winner — 2004–05
State Decorations and Awards
- The Order of Friendship (5 March 2010).
- Medal of the Order "For Merits to the Fatherland" 2nd Class (22 February 2007).
- Medal of the Order "For Merits to the Fatherland" 2nd Class (17 January 2003).
- Honoured Master of Sports (2005).
- The Best Russian Athlete of the Year according to the vote at Sportbox.ru — 2011.
Zaitseva has two sisters: Elena (b. 1976) and Oksana (b. 1973), who was her coach.
On 30 September 2006, Zaitseva married Milan Augustin, a Slovakian biathlon coach; they had a son Aleksandr in 2007, but divorced in 2013. 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 was expected to return to coaching in 2016.
- 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).
- Olga Zaytseva. sports-reference.com
- Paone, Francesco (24 January 2015). "Olga Zaitseva back on his feet and decides to retire". Snowalps. Neve Italia. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- Rogovitskiy, Dmitriy (30 January 2015). Grohmann, Karolos (ed.). "Olympic champion Zaitseva named Russia caretaker coach". reuters.com. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- Full decision regarding Olga Zaytseva at International Olympic Committee
- "Meet the Russian Winter Olympians fighting to clear their names". CNN. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
- "Anti-Doping – Biathlon – Olympic Games Sochi 2014" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
- "Berger and Mäkäräinen both get 2013-2014 Biathlon World Cup crystal globes after doping ban changed points total". Inside the games. 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
- Olga Zaitseva. IBU Profile
- Cup Standings. biathlonresults.com
- Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 5 марта 2010 года № 278 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации» Archived 26 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
- Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 22 февраля 2007 года № 204 (in Russian)
- Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 17 января 2003 года № 43 (in Russian)
- «Золотой пьедестал»: Зайцева – лучший спортсмен России 2011 года! – SportBox.ru (in Russian)
- Оксана Рочева: «Ольга Зайцева бережет всех своих зайцев». trud.ru. 21 January 2010
- Babei, Vitold (18 March 2007) Сын чемпионки. gazeta.ru.
- Ольга Зайцева развелась с мужем. eurosport.ru. 4 August 2013
- Двукратная олимпийская чемпионка по биатлону Зайцева во второй раз стала матерью. tass.ru. 17 October 2015
- Official website (in Russian)
- Olga Zaitseva at BiathlonWorld.com and BiathlonResults.com from IBU
- Profile on RBU website
- Statistics at biathlon.com.ua
- Profile on CSKA website (in Russian)
- Olga Zaitseva: Lynchpin of the Russian biathlon squad
- Olga Zaitseva at IBU
- Olga Zaitseva at Olympics.com
- Olga Zaitseva at Olympedia