Ukrainian Women’s Biathlon Team Gets First Gold in Sochi

Our women’s biathlon team got the first winter “gold” for Ukraine for 20 years and right at the time when our country marred by deadly riots. It is Ukraine’s first gold medal since 1994 when Oksana Baiul won gold in figure skating.

The team won the Olympic 4×6-kilometer relay on the 21st of February for its first gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Vita Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma, Valja Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna became Ukraine’s Olympic champions!


Olena Pidhrushna

Team Captain and best hope for a Ukrainian medal in Sochi, Ternopil’s own Pidhrushna is a threat in every event. At the Biathlon World Championships in the Czech Republic last year, the talented Pidhrushna took home a medal of each colour in sprint, relay, and pursuit. This season she has medalled at all four World Cup events, including gold as part of the Team Relay. She is the reigning world champion in the 7.5km sprint.

Valja Semerenko

One half of the Semerenko twins on the women’s biathlon team, Valja already has three World Championship medals, including a silver and bronze at last year’s event in the Czech Republic. She’s won four medals on the World Cup circuit this year, including gold in both the relay and the pursuit. She is the reigning bronze medallist in the 15km individual race.

Vita Semerenko

The other half of the Semerenko twins, Vita is known as a quality sprinter. At the World Championships last year she took home bronze in the 7.5km sprint. She is also a key member of the 4x6km relay team that won silver at the World Championships and has medalled twice on the World Cup circuit this season, including gold in Austria.

Juliya Dzhyma

Just because Juliya is the newest member to the women’s relay team, doesn’t mean she isn’t a threat to medal in Sochi. In addition to the silver she won with the team at last year’s World Championships and the two team World Cup medals from this season, Juliya won gold in the 10km pursuit in Austria in early December. She’ll be hungry for more than just a medal in the team relay. (Source: Lvivtoday)

In Ukrainian:

Наша четвірка завоювала перше зимове “золото” для України за 20 років.

Жіноча збірна України з біатлону виграла естафету на Олімпіаді-2014 в Сочі. Олімпійськими чемпіонками стали Віта Семеренко, Юлія Джима, Валя Семеренко та Олена Підгрушна!



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