Svetlana Ishmouratova

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Svetlana Ishmouratova
Svetlana Ishmouratova 2006.jpg
Svetlana Ishmouratova in Turin 2006
Medal record
Women's biathlon
Representing  Russia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin 15 km individual
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin 4 × 6 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Salt Lake City 4 × 7.5 km relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Hochfilzen Team event
Gold medal – first place 2001 Pokljuka 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold medal – first place 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 4 × 6 km relay
Gold medal – first place 2005 Hochfilzen 4 × 6 km relay
Gold medal – first place 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk Mixed relay
Silver medal – second place 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km mass start
Silver medal – second place 2004 Oberhof 4 × 6 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km pursuit

Svetlana Irekovna Ishmouratova (Tatar: Svetlana İrek qızı İşmoratova, Russian: Светлана Ирековна Ишмуратова) (born 20 April 1972) is a Russian biathlete. She lives in Chelyabinsk and is a soldier by profession.

Ishmouratova won the gold in the women's 15 km individual contest at the 2006 Winter Olympics.


Svetlana Irekovna Ishmouratova was born in Zlatoust (Chelyabinsk region) . Her father Irek Ishmouratov, master in cross-country skiing, became her first coach. She started learning to ski when she was five and got her first medal when she was in the fourth form of a sports college. Svetlana did well at school though she didn’t like studying very much. At first, she didn’t think about career in sport and even planned to study medicine after school. But then she decided not to leave her home town, to keep studying and training there. Svetlana graduated Trade Secondary School of Zlatoust first and then State Academy of Physical Education.

In 1991 Ishmouratova became the USSR junior champion in individual race and the champion in senior team race. By the mid 90s she became a strong skilled athlete and entered the national Russian team, showing stable and good results in all kinds of competitions. But in 1996 she was mistakenly accused of doping and so was disqualified for two years (later the official apologies followed). That was the end of her skiing career.

But in autumn of 1996 Valentin Zadonski, a coach from Moscow, offered Svetlana to train with his women biathlon team. And in a year Svetlana became the champion of Russia and got a few medals in World Cup races. Despite her brilliant results, she was included in the National Olympic team only after some successful races in Italy not long before the Olympic Games in Nagano. Unfortunately, Svetlana got ill and didn’t take part in the Winter Games of 1998. But in 2002 in Salt Lake City she became a bronze medalist in the relay. Besides, she has six World Champion titles (in summer and winter biathlon) and a lot of World Cup medals. Svetlana has been showing stable results for the last five years, reaching high positions in World Cup Total standings (10, 7, 11, 11, 12 places). Svetlana’s coaches are V. Zadonski and A. Brylov. They say she is a kind and considerate person, a nice young lady with great will power and a strong character.

She doesn’t like to speak about sports in her interviews. She speaks German and likes reading books during her leisure time. Her dream is to have a good loving family and children. She will probably work as a coach after finishing her sporting career. Her height is 165 cm and her weight is 57 kg.



Olympic Games[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 8th 9th 15th N/A Bronze
Italy 2006 Turin Gold 10th 4th 12th Gold
*Mass start was first added in 2006.

World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay Mixed relay
Germany 1996 Rupholding 27th N/A N/A N/A
Austria 1998 Hochfilzen N/A Gold N/A
Finland 1999 Kontiolahti 24th 28th N/A N/A
Norway 2000 Oslo Holmenkollen 54th 4th 25th 9th N/A N/A
Slovenia 2001 Pokljuka 15th 16th 12th N/A Gold N/A
Russia 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 4th Bronze Silver N/A Gold N/A
Germany 2004 Oberhof 9th 5th DNF N/A Silver N/A
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen 10th 11th N/A Gold N/A
Russia 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk N/A Gold
*Team was removed as an event in 1998, and pursuit was added in 1997 with mass start being added in 1999 and the mixed relay in 2005.


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