Vera Zozulya

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Vera Zozulya
Medal record
Women's luge
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Lake Placid Women's singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Imst Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1977 Igls Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Hammarstrand Women's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1976 Hammarstrand Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Hammarstrand Women's singles

Vera Zozuļa or Vera Zozulya (Russian: Зозуля, Вера Васильевна; born January 15, 1956 in Talsi, Latvian SSR) is a Latvian-born Soviet luger who competed during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she won the gold medal in the women's singles event at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. As of the 2014 Winter Olympics, she is the only non-German speaking winner of any Winter Olympic luge event.

Zozulya also won a complete set of medals in the women's singles event at the FIL World Luge Championships with a gold in 1978, a silver in 1977, and a bronze in 1981.

At the FIL European Luge Championships, she won two medals in the women's singles event with a gold in 1976 and a bronze in 1978. She won the overall women's singles Luge World Cup title in 1981-2.

Zozulya later became a coach for lugers in the Soviet Union, Latvia, and Poland. She was inducted into the International Luge Federation Hall of Fame in 2006.

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