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Date of Birth: December 24, 1983
Place of Birth: Moscow, Russia
Hometown: Banff, Alberta
Affiliation: National Ski Team / Club Nordique Mont-Ste-Anne / CNEPH / B2ten
Coach: Louis Bouchard
Wax Technicians: Sacha Bergeron & Joel Jaques
Years on Senior Team: 9
Years on Junior Team: 1
2013 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 3 (Team sprint)
2013 – World Cup, Liberec, CZE: 4 (Individual Sprint)
2013 – 2 x Canadian Champion (Individual Sprint and 10km Classic)
2013 – 17th Overall in World Cup Sprint
2012 – 25th Overall in World Cup Sprint
2011 – World Championships, Oslo, NOR: 6 (Team Sprint)
2011 – World Cup, Liberec, CZE: 5 (Team Sprint)
2011 – World Cup, Otepaa, EST: 8 (Individual Sprint)
2011 – Canadian Championships: 2×1 (Individual Sprint and 30km)
2010 – World Cup, Dusseldorf, GER: 3 (Team Sprint)
2010 – Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver, CAN: 7 (Team Sprint)
Began skiing in town of Poushino, Russia at age of 12
1999 – Immigrated to Canada with my family, at 15 years old
2002 – 16th at the World Junior Championships
2003 – 2x Gold at Canada Winter Games
Bronze at Under-23 World Championships
2006 – 5th at Under-23 World Championships
2007 – First participation at the World Championships
2010 – 7th at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
2011 – 8th in World Cup skate sprint
2012 – ranked 25th in the world (sprint)
2013 – ranked 17th (sprint) and a Sochi World Cup bronze medallist
1999 – 2010 Represented Quebec ski club SkiElite
2010 – 2012 Represented Alberta ski club Rocky Mountain Racers
2012 – Represent Quebec ski club Mont-Ste-Anne
Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
I began skiing in my native country of Russia at the age of 12. When my family moved to Montreal in 1999, I joined Ski Elite Club, and was coached by Luc Germain, and assistant coach Pierre Brabant. Unlike so many of my teammates, I do not come from a sport-oriented family, however, I was attracted to cross-country skiing by the social aspect of the sport following my circle of friends into the ski world. It was these meaningful friendships that have kept me committed to the training and pursuit of excellence in cross-country skiing.
National Ski Team Background:
In 2010 I realized a longtime dream of racing in the Olympics. Over the years I had demonstrated a steady progress, developing into one of the top cross-country ski racers in the country. Last winter I captured my first World Cup medal together with Chandra Crawford: a bronze at a World Cup team sprint in Dusseldorf, Germany. I was first recognized as a member of the National Ski Team in 2002 when I earned a spot on the World Junior Team, but could not attend as I was still waiting to receive my Canadian citizenship. Since 2003, I have represented Canadian team at numerous World Cups and World Ski Championships. My goal for the future is to race for Canada in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in my native country of Russia – which would be equally as special as competing in Vancouver 2010.
When not traveling the World Cup circuit, I use my time at home in Banff, Alberta to volunteer with the Community Care Seniors Walking Program, and actively participate in KidSport fundraising and athletic programs as an Olympic Athlete Ambassador. I also enjoy learning to Telemark ski at Norquay Ski Resort whenever I can during the winter.
When I get small breaks from heavy training in summer, I enjoy camping, hiking new trails somewhere near the Great Divide in the Canadian Rockies, attending shows at the Banff Centre and music festivals in Alberta and B.C.. I am also passionate about cooking wholesome meals, be it plucking and roasting a wild goose, cooking a new curry recipe from scratch, or digging up baby potatoes at a local u-pick farm.
In 2009 I have earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Waterloo University, and in 2010 I completed Dale Carnegie Communications program in Calgary. I am fluent in English, French and Russian.