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Olga Zaitseva: Two-time Olympic biathlon champion. Great Russian Women.

Olga Zaitseva aka 'Zaika' - 3 Olympic medals, 43 wins, 112 top places, 3,083 kilometers to the Russian and international races.

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Olga Zaitseva was born in Moscow on May 16, 1978. Olga began to engage in cross-country skiing in 1987 - when she was in the 3rd grade of secondary school number 859 in Moscow - under the guidance of coach Svetlana Nesterova. In 1993, after 8 Class Olga admitted to the Moscow college of sports and continue to learn the basics of biathlon, attending training of coach Izotov, and taking part in cross-country skiing competitions as well as in the biathlon.

In 1994, Zaitseva received a Masters of sports category in Sports Biathlon. She completely transformed into biathlete and begins to train with Alexander Ivanovich Suslov.

In 2000, Zaitseva was awarded the title of master of sports of international class, and she made her debut in the European Cup. In 2001, Olga won the silver medal at the European Championships in France, collected a full set of awards at the World Universiade in Poland and received a well-deserved place in the first team. In 2002 Zaitseva's successful debut in the World Cup and a successful performance at the "Izhevsk rifle" allowed her to get to the Olympics 2002 in the United States (Salt Lake City).

2002/2003 season started perfectly for Olga. In the first race of the season in Ostersund she wins sprint, getting the bronze medal in the relay, and in pursuit of the second coming, which allows her to try on the yellow jersey. Also Olga manages to win another gold in the individual race of the World Cup event in February 2003 in the same Ostersund.

Season 2004/05 begins again Olga confidently. Two wins and a number of places on the podium, and she goes into the New Year holidays in second place in the general classification. Zaitseva was able to reach peak form for the World Cup in Hochfilzen, where she collected a complete set of awards (in the relay - gold medal, in the sprint - silver, and in the pursuit - bronze) and get recognition fans. A bronze in the pursuit race and a victory in the last race of the mass start at the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiisk, as well as one more silver award in the world championship mixed relay became a brilliant point in the season. She won the season crystal globe for the mass start. At the end of the World Cup in 2005, Olga was awarded the title "Honored Master of Sports."

In February 2006, at the Olympic Games in Turin Zaitseva became the Olympic champion in the relay race.

September 30, 2006 Olga marries former biathlete team Slovakia - Milan Augustine. The wedding took place at the groom's home in the city Domanizha, Slovakia. And in March 2007, they had a child - a son Alexander.

In 2009 at the World Cup Korean Pyeongchang in the first race, she wins bronze, and the next day in the pursuit repeats this success. In the relay Olga trusted with the last stage and she does not fail, copes with his stage and brings the team a landslide victory. In the final mass start Zaitseva wins personal gold medal of the championship.

At the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (2010) Olga Zaitseva in the hardest fight in the last meters of the distance in the race with a general start pulling out a silver medal. Perhaps this is exactly when silver is more precious than gold! And in Defender of Fatherland Day women's relay quartet again proved its superiority. Olga Zaitseva and her teammates presented a wonderful gift to all the fans, finishing with half a minute advantage.

For the greatest contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high sports achievements at the Games in Vancouver XXI Olympics of 2010, Olga Zaitseva March 5, 2010 awarded the Order of Friendship With even more brilliant victories achieved in the later years, Olga Zaitseva rightly takes place among of prominent Russian athletes and Great Russian women in the hearts of fans.

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