Yuliia Dzhima

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Yuliia Dzhima
Biathlon European Championships 2017 Sprint Women 1910.JPG
Personal information
Born (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 29)
Kiev, Ukraine
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Professional information
SportBiathlon
ClubSkhid Kyiv
World Cup debut2012
Olympic Games
Teams2 (2014, 2018)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams7 (20122020)
Medals4 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons8 (2011/12–)
Individual victories1
Individual podiums5
Updated on 22 February 2020.

Yuliia Dzhima (Ukrainian: Юлія Валентинівна Джима; born 19 September 1990) is a Ukrainian World Cup level biathlete. She is Olympic champion in women's relay, multiple World championships medalist. She is one of the most successful Ukrainian biathletes of 2010's.

Career[edit]

She took up biathlon in Kyiv, where she lives. At the beginning of her sporting career she wasn't seen as a promising rising athlete. She didn't show good results in skiing so trainers were doubtful whether she would be a good biathlete.[1]

In January 2008 she competed in her first international competition, Junior World Championships in German Ruhpolding. Next three years she was a member of Ukrainian junior team. Dzhima had then pretty good results, including bronze in individual race at 2009 Junior European Championships.

On 4 January 2012, she debuted in German Oberhof in women's relay with a team which later would win Olympic gold. Then they finished 8th. In two days she had her first race in sprint finishing 34th. Next season, 2012–13, she had one victory and two podiums in relay races. In 2013–14 season she had her first podium in pursuit in Austrian Hochfilzen finishing second. At the 2013 World Championships she took silver in relay competition.

Stamps of Ukraine, 2014. Dzhima is second from right

Together with Vita Semerenko, Valentina Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna she won the gold medal in the Women's relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia.

Next two seasons after Olympics weren't very successful but she had some Top-10 results. Her performances improved in 2016–17 season: in all World Cup rankings she achieved her highest rankings, including place in Top-10 of the general World Cup classification for the first time in her career. That year she won three medals at 2017 European Championships in Polish Duszniki-Zdrój which was the most successful European championships for Yuliia. Next month she received her second silver relay World Championships medal.

Pre-Olympic 2017–18 season started very successful for her, since in two opening races in Swedish Östersund she finished third. On 28 December 2017, she participated in prestigious commercial competition World Team Challenge where she placed 5th together with Belgian biathlete Michael Rösch. She qualified to represent Ukraine at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[2] Due to illness she didn't take part in sprint. Besides Ukrainian coaches thought that she would qualify to mass start but they were incompetent in rules regarding mass start qualification, so Yuliia participated only in individual race where she was 20th.[3] In relay competitions she was 7th in mixed relay and 11th in classical relay.

She received the Best Athlete of a Month award from National Olympic Committee of Ukraine in January 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Yuliia's father is former Ukrainian biathlete Valentyn Dzhyma who participated at 1994 Winter Olympics and finished his career next year. Her mother is also athlete.

Since childhood her hobby is painting.[4]

Dzhima studied foreign languages and social communications at Sumy State University.

After 2018 Winter Olympics there were some rumors that Yuliia Dzyma being younger 23 years were dating the head coach of Ukrainian women's national team Uroš Velepec.[5]

Biathlon results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

1 medal (1 gold)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Russia 2014 Sochi 7th 42nd DNS 22nd Gold
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang 20th 11th 7th

World Championships[edit]

3 medals (2 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay Single mixed relay
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding 39th 48th N/A
Czech Republic 2013 Nové Město 13th Silver 9th
Finland 2015 Kontiolahti 38th 6th 11th
Norway 2016 Oslo 22nd 31st 9th 25th 5th
Austria 2017 Hochfilzen 9th 22nd 23rd 6th Silver 5th
Sweden 2019 Östersund 12th 54th DNS Bronze
Italy 2020 Antholz-Anterselva 22nd 19th 5th

World Cup[edit]

Individual podiums[edit]

Season Place Competition Placement
2013–14 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Pursuit 2nd
2017–18 Sweden Östersund, Sweden Individual 3rd
Sweden Östersund, Sweden Sprint 3rd
Norway Oslo, Norway Sprint 3rd
2018–19 Slovenia Pokljuka, Slovenia Individual 1st
2019–20 Sweden Östersund, Sweden Individual 2nd

Relay podiums[edit]

Season Place Competition Placement
2012–13 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Relay 2nd
Germany Oberhof, Germany Relay 1st
Russia Sochi, Russia Relay 2nd
2013–14 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Relay 1st
France Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France Relay 2nd
2014–15 Italy Antholz, Italy Relay 3rd
Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic Single mixed relay 3rd
2015–16 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Relay 3rd
Germany Ruhpolding, Germany Relay 1st
United States Presque Isle, United States Relay 2nd
2016–17 Slovenia Pokljuka, Slovenia Relay 3rd
2017–18 Austria Hochfilzen, Austria Relay 2nd

Positions[edit]

Season Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass starts TOTAL
2011–12 48 68 60
2012–13 21 20 38 36 30
2013–14 18 28 20 9 18
2014–15 15 34 21 31 24
2015–16 17 15 13 14 13
2016–17 8 13 9 4 8
2017–18 2 12 17 19 11
2018–19 6 50 60 38 37

Individual victories[edit]

No. Season Date Location Discipline Level
1 2018/19 6 December 2018 Slovenia Pokljuka, Slovenia 15 km Individual World Cup
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yuliia Dzhima: "First I cried and wished anything except sport..." (with photos)". Ukrainian Biathlon Federation. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Ukrainian squad for the 2018 Winter Olympics". Ukrainian Biathlon Federation. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Yuliia Dzyma may not qualify for mass start at 2018 Winter Olympics due to coaches' mistake". segodnya.ua. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Yuliia Dzhima: "First I cried and wished anything except sport..." (with photos)". Ukrainian Biathlon Federation. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Urainian biathlete is dating notorious coach". sport.znaj.ua. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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