Alevtina Kolchina

Alevtina Pavlovna Kolchina (Russian: Алевти́на Па́вловна Ко́лчина alternate spelling: Alevtina Koltsjina; born 11 November 1930) is a former Soviet cross-country skier who competed during the 1950s and 1960s for Burevestnik and later for Dynamo sports societies. She competed in four Winter Olympics, earning a total of five medals. Kolchina also competed several times at the Holmenkollen ski festival, winning three times at 10 km (1961–1963) and once at 5 km (1966).[2]

Alevtina Kolchina
Alevtina Kolchina Grenoble 1968 001.jpg
Kolchina at the 1968 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Born11 November 1930 (1930-11-11) (age 90)
Pavlovsk village, Perm Oblast, Soviet Union[1]
Height162 cm (5 ft 4 in)[2]
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
Sport
SportCross-country skiing
ClubIskra Leningrad
Burevestnik Moscow
Dynamo Moscow[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Kolchina was born in the village of Pavlovsk, Ochyorsky District, Perm Oblast, and took up skiing at the aged of 13.[1] She was married to four-time Olympic cross country medalist Pavel Kolchin until his death in 2010. In 1973, the family moved to Estonia, where Kolchins worked as national cross-country ski coaches, functionaries and consultants. Their son Fjodor Koltšin placed 15th in the Nordic combined at the 1980 Winter Olympics, competing for Estonia.[1][2]

CareerEdit

Kolchina's biggest success was at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where she won 3 medals in 10 km (golds in 1958 and 1962, silver in 1966), 3 medals in the 3×5 km relay (golds in 1958, 1962, and 1966), and 2 medals in 5 km (golds in 1962 and 1966).[2]

For her successes in the world championships and at the Holmenkollen, Kolchina received the Holmenkollen medal in 1963 (shared with her husband, Astrid Sandvik, and Torbjørn Yggeseth). Kolchina is the third woman, first Soviet/Russian, and first female Nordic skier to ever win the Holmenkollen medal. Kolchina and her husband are the first husband and wife team to ever win the Holmenkollen Medal.[2]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[3]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 5 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km   10 km  3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1956 25 N/A 4 Silver
1960 29 N/A 4
1964 33 Bronze 7 Gold
1968 37 Bronze 7 Bronze

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 8 medals – (7 gold, 1 silver)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km  3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1954 23 N/A 5
1958 27 N/A Gold Gold
1962 31 Gold Gold Gold
1966 35 Gold Silver Gold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Только тренировалась и спала". Олимпийской чемпионке Алевтине Колчиной исполнилось 90 лет. tass.ru. 11 November 2020
  2. ^ a b c d e f Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Alevtina Kolchina". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  3. ^ "KOLTSJINA Alevtina". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 23 December 2019.

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