Darya Uladzimirauna Domracheva (Belarusian: Дар’я Уладзіміраўна Домрачэва, Russian: Дарья Владимировна Домрачева; born 3 August 1986) is a retired Belarusian biathlete and coach who competed in the Biathlon World Cup from 2006 to 2018. She won a gold medal in the 4×6 km relay and a silver medal in the mass start competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics, three gold medals in the pursuit, individual, and mass start competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and a bronze medal in the individual competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She was a Biathlon World Cup overall winner for the 2014–15 season.
Domracheva started her sports career with cross-country skiing in 1992 but switched to biathlon in 1999. She originally represented Russia at the junior level but received an offer to transfer to Belarus in 2004. She joined Belarus’ national biathlon team in 2006 (having made her junior team debut in 2005). Domracheva won sprint and pursuit at the 2005 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships in Kontiolahti (Finland). She finished 40th in the individual race (the diopter fell off, and she missed 5 targets at the third shooting stage.)
Domracheva took 3rd place in the pursuit and 4th place in the individual events at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine. In 2007, she picked up two silver medals in sprint and pursuit at the Junior World Championships in Martell, Italy.
Her breakthrough came during the 2008/2009 season when she earned two third places and one second place.
At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, she won the bronze medal in the Women's 15-kilometer individual race at the Whistler Olympic Park venue. Later in the same season, on 13 March, she won her first World Cup race in the sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland. The next day she also won the pursuit.
She continued to improve after the Vancouver Olympics, winning 10 world cup races between the 2011–2013 seasons, as well as becoming the world champion in the pursuit in 2012, and the mass start in 2013.
Domracheva confirmed her pregnancy in April 2016, and said that she plans to return to compete in 2017. Domracheva returned to the World Cup in January 2017 for the 2016–17 season. Her comeback ended up being successful, winning a silver medal at the 2017 world championships in the individual pursuit in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she was unable to defend her Olympic titles from Sochi; however she was still able to pick up a silver medal in the mass start individually, and helped the Belarusian team win the historic first Olympic gold medal in the relay. She finished the 2018 season ranked 3rd overall in the Biathlon World Cup, and announced her retirement in June, citing difficulties in combining both elite sport and parenting. She finished her career as Belarus’ most decorated winter Olympian, and most decorated Olympian of either the winter or summer games to compete for Belarus as an independent nation; gymnasts Olga Korbut and Vitaly Scherbo both have more medals, but Korbut competed for the Soviet Union and Scherbo only received 4 of his medals competing for Belarus; his remaining medals were won as part of the Unified Team. She was coached by former World Champion and Olympic medalist Klaus Siebert.
Domracheva won the Pursuit World Cup 2011–2012 and won the Mass Start World Cup 2011–2012. In the Total World Cup 2011–2012 she ended the season second with 1188 points behind Magdalena Neuner's 1216 points.
In the 2010–2011 season Domracheva won the Mass Start World Cup.
Her biggest achievement was in the 2014–2015 when was Domracheva won the Overall World Cup title with 1092 points, 48 points more than second and twice winner Kaisa Mäkäräinen. She also won the Sprint World Cup title in that season.
|2015/16||Did not start due to mononucleosis|
|Individual Events||Team Events||All Events|
- * Results in all IBU World Cup races, Olympics and World Championships. Statistics as of 16 December 2007.
6 medals (4 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Relay||Mixed relay[a]|
7 medals (2 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Relay||Mixed relay|
|2010 Khanty-Mansiysk||Not held in an Olympic season||9th|
|2013 Nové Město||33rd||43rd||25th||Gold||7th||11th|
34 victories (9 Sp, 11 Pu, 4 In, 10 MS)
|1||2009/10||13 March 2010||Kontiolahti, Finland||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|2||14 March 2010||Kontiolahti, Finland||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|3||2010/11||20 March 2011||Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
|4||2011/12||1 December 2011||Östersund, Sweden||15 km Individual||World Cup|
|5||10 December 2011||Hochfilzen, Austria||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|6||22 January 2012||Antholz, Italy||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
|7||4 March 2012||Ruhpolding, Germany||10 km Pursuit||World Championships|
|8||17 March 2012||Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|9||18 March 2012||Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
|10||2012/13||7 December 2012||Hochfilzen, Austria||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|11||17 February 2013||Nové Město, Czech Republic||12.5 km Mass Start||World Championships|
|12||7 March 2013||Sochi, Russia||15 km Individual||World Cup|
|13||2013/14||3 January 2014||Oberhof, Germany||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|14||4 January 2014||Oberhof, Germany||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|15||11 February 2014||Sochi, Russia||10 km Pursuit||Winter Olympic Games|
|16||14 February 2014||Sochi, Russia||15 km Individual||Winter Olympic Games|
|17||17 February 2014||Sochi, Russia||12.5 km Mass Start||Winter Olympic Games|
|18||9 March 2014||Pokljuka, Slovenia||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
|19||20 March 2014||Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|20||2014/15||4 December 2014||Östersund, Sweden||15 km Individual||World Cup|
|21||20 December 2014||Pokljuka, Slovenia||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|22||11 January 2015||Oberhof, Germany||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
|23||18 January 2015||Ruhpolding, Germany||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
|24||23 January 2015||Antholz, Italy||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|25||24 January 2015||Antholz, Italy||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|26||8 February 2015||Nové Město, Czech Republic||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|27||14 February 2015||Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|28||21 March 2015||Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|29||2017/18||8 December 2017||Hochfilzen, Austria||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|30||21 January 2018||Antholz, Italy||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
|31||9 March 2018||Kontiolahti, Finland||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|32||18 March 2018||Oslo Holmenkollen, Norway||10 km Pursuit||World Cup|
|33||23 March 2018||Tyumen, Russia||7.5 km Sprint||World Cup|
|34||25 March 2018||Tyumen, Russia||12.5 km Mass Start||World Cup|
Domracheva was born in Minsk. When she was four, her parents, who are architects, moved to the small town of Nyagan in Siberia. Domracheva started skiing when she was six. In cross-country ski races she was competing with boys, as she had no rivals among girls. A biathlon school was opened in Nyagan in 1999, which Domracheva attended.
Domracheva attended university in Tyumen, and studied sports management from 2002 until 2003.
Domracheva's family moved back to Minsk in 2003. There was no faculty of Sports Management in Minsk, so Domracheva changed to studying Tourism Management at the Belarusian State Economic University. In 2009, she was writing her diploma thesis on the subject: Advertising in the tourism industry. Until 2014, Domracheva was an employee of the Belarusian branch of security agency KGB, one of the few to have retained its name from the Soviet Union era.
Domracheva presented the voting result of Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 final on 18 May.
On 5 April 2016, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen confirmed that he and Domracheva are in a relationship and that Domracheva would give birth to their first child in October 2016. They were married 16 July 2016. Domracheva gave birth to a daughter, Xenia, on 1 October 2016. She retired from competitions in June 2018 to focus on raising her daughter.
Domracheva used a video camera to document herself, her teammates and athletes from other countries from 2008 until after the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The 500 hours of material was edited into a 50-minute movie. The movie gives a unique insight into the life of world class athletes during the whole year, from the few weeks of relaxation and rest in the spring, through the hard training during the summer and the fall, to the competition season between December and March. The movie shows athletes from many countries, living together, traveling together and competing together.
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