Yuliya Chepalova

Yulia Anatolyevna Chepalova (Russian: Ю́лия Анато́льевна Чепа́лова; born 23 December 1976 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russian SFSR) is a former Russian cross-country skier.

Yulia Chepalova
Julia Tchepalova by Ivan Isaev from Russian Ski Magazine.JPG
Chepalova in September 2005
Country Russia
Full nameYulia Anatolyevna
Chepalova
Born (1976-12-23) 23 December 1976 (age 44)
Komsomolsk-on-Amur,
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Ski clubDynamo Moscow
World Cup career
Seasons19962002, 20042006, 20082009
Individual wins18
Team wins13
Indiv. podiums33
Team podiums25
Indiv. starts174
Team starts48
Overall titles1 – (2001)
Discipline titles1 – (DI: 2006)

Early and current personal lifeEdit

Daughter of a cross-country skiing coach, Chepalova started to ski as soon as she began to walk. Coached by her father, Anatoly Chepalov, Yulia made her debut in 1986 and continued to move upward through the old Soviet system (and later Russian, following the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991). Chepalov, a coach of the Russian junior national team, reportedly sold off all of his assets to help finance his daughter's career. Chepalova is currently affiliated with Dynamo Moscow, lives in Syktyvkar with her second husband, Vasily Rochev, and her daughter Olesya, and their daughter Vaselina who was born in February 2007; works as a sports instructor, and speaks, besides her native Russian, also some German.

Skiing careerEdit

Debuting on the FIS cross-country circuit in the 1995–1996 season, Chepalova has continually ranked in the Top 15 throughout her career (the lone exception is the 2002–2003 season, where she took maternity leave to have her daughter Olesya), finishing #1 overall in 2000–2001 (#3 in 2005–2006 with #1 in the distance category (greater than 5 km)). This includes success at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, with golds in the 4 × 5 km relay (2001) and 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit (2005), silvers in the 4 × 5 km relay and 10 km freestyle (both 2005), and bronzes in the Individual sprint (2001) and Team sprint (2005). Additionally, Chepalova has won the women's 30 km at the Holmenkollen ski festival three times (1999, 2004, and 2006), joining fellow Russian cross-country skier Larisa Lazutina as the only three-time winners of the event. She earned the Holmenkollen medal in 2004.

At the 1998 Winter Olympics, Chepalova won the women's 30 km freestyle event in her Olympic debut, becoming the youngest winner of that event (and in women's cross-country skiing). Four years later at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Chepalova won a complete set of medals with gold in the Individual sprint, silver in the 10 km classical, and bronze in the 15 km freestyle. At the Winter Olympics in Turin, Chepalova would win two more medals with a gold in the 4 × 5 km relay and a silver in the 30 km freestyle mass start.

Chepalova was absent from the cross-country skiing World Cup for the 2006–2007 season to pregnancy.

She tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) during an in-competition doping control on 3 January 2009 in Val di Fiemme, Italy. She was banned from competition for two years after this.[1][2][3]

Immediately after the EPO test results went public her father and coach Anatoly Chepalov officially announced her retirement. On 29 November 2009 Chepalova addressed IOC President Jacques Rogge where she came down hard on the World Anti-Doping Agency, accusing the organisation of being biased and unscrupulous in general, of unlawful ruling of her case in particular, and of "severing the career" of many good athletes but all the efforts to restore her good name were of no avail. Following this in December 2009 Chepalova ostracised Russian Olympic Committee President Leonid Tyagachyov and Ski Federation of Russia President Vladimir Loginov for their inaction in matters of defending the sportsmen whose guilt is not yet proven.[citation needed]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

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

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 6 medals – (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km 
 individual 
 10 km 
 individual 
 15 km   Pursuit   30 km   Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1998 21 13 N/A 6 Gold N/A N/A
2002 25 N/A Silver Bronze 4 9 Gold   DNS[a] N/A
 2006  29 N/A 26 N/A 9 Silver 27 Gold
a. 1 Larissa Lazutina and Olga Danilova tested positive in the drug test which was taken an hour before the relay race, after their names were submitted for the race. Russia couldn't replace them because according to the rules, replacement must have been done at least two hours before the starting time.

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 6 medals – (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km 
 individual 
 15 km 
individual
 Pursuit   30 km   Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2001 24 10 7 CNX[a] Bronze Gold N/A
2005 28 Silver N/A Gold 10 Silver Bronze
 2009  32 N/A DSQ DSQ DSQ
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World CupEdit

Season titlesEdit

  • 2 titles – (1 overall, 1 distance)
Season
Discipline
2001  Overall 
2006  Distance 

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Discipline standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
1996 19 14 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 20 17 N/A 13 N/A 16 N/A N/A
1998 21 10 N/A 8 N/A 11 N/A N/A
1999 22 11 N/A 7 N/A 16 N/A N/A
2000 23 7 N/A 12 4 17 N/A N/A
2001 24   N/A N/A N/A 4 N/A N/A
2002 25 5 N/A N/A N/A 20 N/A N/A
2004 27 12 10 N/A N/A NC N/A N/A
2005 28 7 4 N/A N/A 62 N/A N/A
2006 29     N/A N/A 40 N/A N/A
2008 31 83 55 N/A N/A NC 54
2009 32 76 9 N/A N/A NC DSQ DSQ

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 18 victories
  • 33 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1997–98 4 January 1998   Kavgolovo, Russia 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
2 11 March 1998   Falun, Sweden 5 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
3 1998–99 20 March 1999   Oslo, Norway 30 km C Individual World Cup 1st
4 1999–2000 10 December 1999   Sappada, Italy 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
5 2 February 2000   Trondheim, Norway 30 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
6 26 February 2000   Falun, Sweden 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
7 18 March 2000   Bormio, Italy 10 km F Pursuit World Cup 1st
8 2000–01 8 December 2000   Santa Caterina, Italy 10 km F Individual  World Cup  1st
9 20 December 2000     Davos, Switzerland 15 km C Individual World Cup 1st
10 29 December 2000     Engelberg, Switzerland 1 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
11 4 February 2001   Nové Město, Czech Republic 1 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
12 4 March 2001   Kavgolovo, Russia 15 km F Individual World Cup 1st
13 14 March 2001   Borlänge, Sweden 5 km F Individual World Cup 1st
14 17 March 2001   Falun, Sweden 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
15 18 March 2001   Falun, Sweden 10 km C Individual World Cup 3rd
16 24 March 2001   Kuopio, Finland 40 km F Individual World Cup 1st
17 2001–02 25 November 2001   Kuopio, Finland 5 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
18 12 December 2001   Brusson, Italy 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
19 12 January 2002   Nové Město, Czech Republic 5 km F Individual World Cup 1st
20 2003–04 6 February 2004   La Clusaz, France 15 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
21 14 February 2004   Oberstdorf, Germany 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 1st
22 28 February 2004   Oslo, Norway 30 km F Individual World Cup 1st
23 6 February 2004   Pragelato, Italy 15 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
24 2004–05 15 January 2005   Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
25 12 February 2005   Reit im Winkl, Germany 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
26 6 March 2005   Lahti, Finland 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
27 19 March 2005   Falun, Sweden 7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F Pursuit World Cup 3rd
28 2005–06 27 November 2005   Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
29 15 December 2005   Canmore, Canada 10 km F Individual World Cup 1st
30 17 December 2005   Canmore, Canada 15 km C Mass Start World Cup 2nd
31 31 December 2005   Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km F Individual World Cup 2nd
32 14 January 2006   Val di Fiemme, Italy 15 km F Mass Start World Cup 2nd
33 11 March 2006   Oslo, Norway 30 km F Individual World Cup 1st

Team podiumsEdit

  • 13 victories – (11 RL, 2 TS)
  • 25 podiums – (22 RL, 3 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 1995–96 17 December 1995   Santa Caterina, Italy 4 × 5 km C Relay World Cup 3rd Nageykina / Baranova-Masalkina / Zavyalova
2 1996–97 24 November 1996   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 5 km C Relay World Cup 3rd Nageykina / Zavyalova / Danilova
3 8 December 1996     Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km C Relay World Cup 3rd Baranova-Masalkina / Nageykina / Danilova
4 15 December 1996   Brusson, Italy 4 × 5 km F Relay World Cup 2nd Zavyalova / Nageykina / Lazutina
5 1997–98 7 December 1997   Santa Caterina, Italy 4 × 5 km F Relay World Cup 1st Välbe / Lazutina / Danilova
6 14 December 1997   Val di Fieme, Italy 4 × 5 km F Relay World Cup 3rd Baranova-Masalkina / Zavyalova / Gavrylyuk
7 6 March 1998   Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 1st Danilova / Lazutina / Gavrylyuk
8 1998–99 20 December 1998     Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 3rd Denisova / Baranova-Masalkina / Reztsova
9 10 January 1999   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 1st Nageykina / Gavrylyuk / Reztsova
10 14 March 1999   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 1st Nageykina / Baranova-Masalkina / Lazutina
11 21 March 1999   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km C Relay World Cup 1st Nageykina / Gavrylyuk / Lazutina
12 1999–2000 28 November 1999   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 5 km F Relay World Cup 1st Yegorova / Skladneva / Reztsova
13 8 December 1999   Asiago, Italy Team Sprint F World Cup 3rd Skladneva
14 13 January 2000   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 2nd Zavyalova / Gavrylyuk / Skladneva
15 27 February 2000   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km F Relay World Cup 1st Danilova / Zavyalova / Lazutina
16 4 March 2000   Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 1st Danilova / Gavrylyuk / Zavyalova
17 2000–01 26 November 2000   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 2nd Danilova / Yegorova / Lazutina
18 9 December 2000   Santa Caterina, Italy 4 × 3 km C/F Relay World Cup 1st Gavrylyuk / Zavyalova / Lazutina
19 13 December 2000   Clusone, Italy 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Zavyalova
20 2001–02 27 November 2001   Kuopio, Finland 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 1st Danilova / Baranova-Masalkina / Gavrylyuk
21 13 January 2002   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Medvedeva-Arbuzova
22 2003–04 22 February 2004   Umeå, Sweden 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 2nd Kurkina / Zavyalova / Vorontsova
23 2004–05 12 December 2004   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 1st Kurkina / Baranova-Masalkina / Medvedeva-Arbuzova
24 20 March 2005   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 3rd Kurkina / Baranova-Masalkina / Medvedeva-Arbuzova
25 2005–06 15 January 2006   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 5 km C/F Relay World Cup 2nd  Rocheva / Baranova-Masalkina / Medvedeva-Arbuzova 
Source: [5]

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
1st place 2 7 2 3 1 2 1 18 2 11 31
2nd place 1 3 3 1 8 5 13
3rd place 2 4 1 7 1 6 14
Podiums 5 14 5 3 1 3 2 33 3 22 58
Top 10 13 28 15 6 2 10 7 81 11 32 124
Points 19 45 22 10 2 14 13 125 14 33 172
Others 5 7 1 3 19 35 35
DSQ 1 5 1 1 1 2 11 1 12
Starts 25 57 23 11 2 18 33 2 171 14 34 219
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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Julia Chepalova's suspension upheld". ESPN. 2 October 2010.
  2. ^ Julia Chepalova disqualified for doping
  3. ^ 2010 Arbitral Award
  4. ^ "TCHEPALOVA Julija". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Julija Tchepalova". SkiSport365. Retrieved 30 December 2017.

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