Kristina Šmigun-Vähi

Kristina Šmigun-Vähi (born 23 February 1977) is a former Estonian female cross-country skier and politician. She is the most successful Estonian female cross-country skier with two Olympic gold medals. In 2019 she was elected as a Member of the Estonian Parliament.[1]

Kristina Šmigun-Vähi
Kristina Šmigun Otepää MK.JPG
Kristina Šmigun in Otepää in 2006
Born (1977-02-23) 23 February 1977 (age 43)
Tartu, Estonia
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Ski clubOti Sportclub
World Cup career
Seasons19932007, 2010
Individual wins16
Indiv. podiums50
Team podiums0
Indiv. starts179
Team starts20
Overall titles0 – (2nd in 2000 and 2003)
Discipline titles2 – (1 LD, 1 MD)
Updated on 27 January 2019.

CareerEdit

On 12 February 2006, she won the Winter Olympics gold medal for the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, becoming the first Estonian woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. Four days later, she won a second gold medal in the 10 km classical.

On 15 February 2010, she won her third Olympic medal, a silver in the 10 km freestyle race. With two golds and one silver, Šmigun-Vähi is the most successful Estonian athlete in Olympic history (summer or winter), tying the record of men's cross-country skier Andrus Veerpalu.

Šmigun-Vähi has also found success at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, earning six medals. This included one gold (2003: 5 km + 5 km double pursuit), three silvers (1999: 15 km, 2003: 10 km, 15 km), and two bronzes (1999, 2003: both in 30 km).

On 2 July 2010, Šmigun-Vähi announced that she will quit her professional sport career to focus on her family and her daughter Victoria-Kris. On 24 October 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency Athletes' Commission stated that Šmigun-Vähi faced a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing before the end of October.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

She is the daughter of former cross-country skiers Rutt and Anatoli Šmigun. Her sister Katrin Šmigun and cousin Aivar Rehemaa were also cross-country skiers.

Šmigun-Vähi is married to her long-time manager Kristjan-Thor Vähi, She missed the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons due to pregnancy. She has two children, daughter born in 2008 and son born in 2011.[3]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[4]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 3 medals – (2 gold, 1 silver)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km  15 km  Pursuit  30 km   Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1994 17 30 N/A 28 27 N/A N/A
1998 21 N/A 46 N/A N/A
2002 25 N/A DNF 7 13 7 25 N/A
2006 29 N/A Gold N/A Gold 8
2010 33 N/A Silver N/A DNF 27

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 6 medals – (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km   10 km   15 km  Pursuit  30 km  Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1995 18 5 N/A 20 N/A N/A
1997 20 28 N/A 8 9 N/A N/A
1999 22 9 N/A Silver 6 Bronze N/A N/A
2001 24 N/A 12 41 CNX[a] 19 N/A
2003 26 N/A Silver Silver Gold Bronze N/A
2005 28 N/A 4 N/A DNF 14 13
2007 30 N/A 9 N/A 10 6 15
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World CupEdit

 
Kristina Šmigun and Kateřina Neumannová in 2006

Season titlesEdit

  • 2 titles – (1 long distance, 1 middle distance)
Season
Discipline
1999 Long Distance
2000  Middle Distance 

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Discipline standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
1993 16 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1994 17 60 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995 18 29 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1996 19 17 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 20 13 N/A 21 N/A 15 N/A N/A
1998 21 19 N/A 15 N/A 27 N/A N/A
1999 22 4 N/A   N/A   N/A N/A
2000 23   N/A       N/A N/A
2001 24 10 N/A N/A N/A 23 N/A N/A
2002 25 4 N/A N/A N/A 24 N/A N/A
2003 26   N/A N/A N/A 41 N/A N/A
2004 27 5   N/A N/A 47 N/A N/A
2005 28 4   N/A N/A 70 N/A N/A
2006 29 17 11 N/A N/A 38 N/A N/A
2007 30 11 5 N/A N/A NC DNF N/A
2010 33 32 22 N/A N/A 84 6

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 16 victories – (16 WC)
  • 50 podiums – (49 WC, 1 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1998–99 27 December 1998   Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
2 5 January 1999   Otepää, Estonia 10 km C Individual World Cup 3rd
3 12 January 1999   Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km F Mass Start World Cup 1st
4 19 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 15 km F Mass Start World Championships[1] 2nd
5 27 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 30 km C Mass Start World Championships[1] 3rd
6 20 March 1999   Oslo, Norway 30 km F Mass Start World Cup 3rd
7 1999–2000 5 December 1999   Kiruna, Sweden 5 km C Individual World Cup 3rd
8 10 December 1999   Sappada, Italy 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
9 28 December 1999   Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km F Sprint World Cup 1st
10 8 January 2000   Moscow, Russia 15 km F Mass Start World Cup 2nd
11 12 January 2000   Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km F Mass Start World Cup 2nd
12 16 February 2000     Ulrichen, Switzerland 5 km C Individual World Cup 1st
13 20 February 2000   Lamoura Mouthe, France 44 km F Mass Start World Cup 2nd
14 3 March 2000   Lahti, Finland 1.2 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
15 2000–01 29 November 2000   Beitostølen, Norway 5 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
16 20 December 2000     Davos, Switzerland 15 km C Mass Start World Cup 3rd
17 2001–02 25 November 2001   Kuopio, Finland 5 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
18 12 December 2001   Brusson, Italy 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
19 15 December 2001     Davos, Switzerland 10 km C Individual World Cup 2nd
20 22 December 2001   Ramsau, Austria 15 km F Mass Start World Cup 1st
21 2 March 2002   Lahti, Finland 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
22 16 March 2002   Oslo, Norway 30 km F Mass Start World Cup 2nd
23 2002–03 23 November 2002   Kiruna, Sweden 5 km F Individual World Cup 1st
24 30 November 2002   Kuusamo, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup 2nd
25 7 December 2002     Davos, Switzerland 10 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
26 14 December 2002   Cogne, Italy 10 km C Mass Start World Cup 2nd
27 21 December 2002   Ramsau, Austria 5 km + 5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 3rd
28 4 January 2003   Kavgolovo, Russia 5 km F Individual World Cup 1st
29 12 January 2003   Otepää, Estonia 15 km C Mass Start World Cup 2nd
30 18 January 2003   Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
31 2003–04 22 November 2003   Beitostølen, Norway 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
32 28 November 2003   Kuusamo, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup 2nd
33 29 November 2003   Kuusamo, Finland 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 1st
34 6 December 2003   Toblach, Italy 15 km F Mass Start World Cup 1st
35 20 December 2003   Ramsau, Austria 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
36 21 December 2003   Ramsau, Austria 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 1st
37 6 January 2004   Falun, Sweden 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 3rd
38 10 January 2004   Otepää, Estonia 15 km C Mass Start World Cup 2nd
39 2004–05 20 November 2004   Gällivare, Sweden 10 km C Individual World Cup 2nd
40 26 November 2004   Kuusamo, Finland 10 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
41 28 November 2004   Kuusamo, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup 1st
42 11 December 2004   Lago di Tesero, Italy 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 2nd
43 18 December 2004   Ramsau, Austria 15 km F Mass Start World Cup 1st
44 2005–06 27 November 2005   Kuusamo, Finland 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
45 7 January 2006   Otepää, Estonia 10 km C Individual World Cup 2nd
46 2006–07 18 November 2006   Gällivare, Sweden 10 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
47 26 November 2006   Kuusamo, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup 3rd
48 11 March 2007   Lahti, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup 1st
49 2009–10 12 December 2009     Davos, Switzerland 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
50 21 March 2010   Falun, Sweden 10 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup 3rd

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

Overall recordEdit

Result Distance Races[a] Sprint Ski
Tours
Individual
Events
  Team Events[5] All
Events
≤ 5 km[b] ≤ 10 km[b] ≤ 15 km[b] ≤ 30 km[b] ≥ 30 km[b] Pursuit[c] Team Sprint   Relay[d]
1st place 3 5 4 2 2 16 16
2nd place 9 5 1 1 1 1 18 18
3rd place 3 8 1 2 2 16 16
Podiums 6 22 10 3 1 5 3 50 50
Top 10 16 46 18 7 1 13 8 1 110 12 122
Points 27 57 27 9 2 19 22 1 164 1 19 184
Others 2 2 1 4 9 9
DNF 1 1 1
Starts 29 59 27 9 2 20 26 2 174 1 19 194
a. 1 Classification is made according to FIS classification.
b. 1 2 3 4 5 Includes individual and mass start races.
c. 1 Includes pursuit and double pursuit races.
d. 1 May be incomplete due to lack of appropriate sources for some relay races prior to 1995/96 World Cup season.

Note: Until 1999 World Championships and 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were part of the World Cup. Hence results from those races are included in the World Cup overall record.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kristina Šmigun-Vähi: tunnen ennast poliitikas nagu päike". ERR. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. ^ Butler, Nick (24 Oct 2016). "Šmigun-Vähi facing CAS hearing after "positive" retest at Turin 2006". INSIDETHEGAMES.BIZ. Dunsar Media Company Limited. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  3. ^ "Palju õnne! Kristina Šmigun-Vähi sai poja!". Delfi. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  4. ^ "SMIGUN-VAEHI Kristina". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Kristina Smigun-Vähi". SkiSport365. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Erika Salumäe
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Jane Salumäe
Preceded by
Jane Salumäe
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
19992000
Succeeded by
Heidi Rohi
Preceded by
Heidi Rohi
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
20022004
Succeeded by
Maarika Võsu
Preceded by
Maarika Võsu
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Irina Embrich
Preceded by
Ksenija Balta
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
Triin Aljand