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Tatyana Averina-Barabash

Full name: Tatyana Borisovna Averina-Barabash
Original name: Татьяна Борисовна Аверина-Барабаш
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: June 25, 1950 in Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: August 22, 2001 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Gorky, Nizhny Novgorod (RUS) / Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Tatyana Averina was one of the best female all-around skaters of the World in 1970s. She made her international début at the 1970 World All-around Championships, where she placed 12th. In 1971, Averina won her first distance medal at an international championship, winning a bronze in the 1,000 at the Europeans. In 1972 Averina won the 500 at the Winter Universiade and won her first Soviet Sprint title in 1973. Averina won her first medal in the all-around at an international championship, finishing second at the 1974 Worlds. She also set her first world records that year, at Medeo in the 1,000, 1,500, and the small all-around. She won again silver at the 1975 World All-arounds, winning her first distance titles in the 1,000 and 3,000 at the Soviet Championships, but lost the all-around title due to a fall in the 1,500. Averina set eight World records in 1975, all of them in Medeo between 11 and 29 March. She was the most successful skater at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games, medaling in all four races, winning the 1,000 and 3,000 and placing third at 500 and 1,500. At the 1976 World All-arounds Averina won another silver, but improved to gold at the 1978 Worlds. In 1979 she won her only Soviet All-around title, and then made her final international appearance at the 1980 Winter Olympics, where she was a disappointing 18th in the 1,500. Domestically Averina was a four-time Soviet sprint champion, 1973-75 and 1978.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.06 (1975); 1000 – 1:23.3 (1980); 1500 – 2:07.88 (1979); 3000 – 4:38.48 (1979); 5000 – 9:04.9 (1982).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze OR
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Soviet Union URS 18T

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 3 43.17 10.92

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 1 OR 1:28.43 19.35 52.57

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 3 OR 2:17.96 28.09 1:02.69 1:39.72
1980 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 18T 2:16.32 28.26 1:02.43 1:38.19

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 1 OR 4:45.19 21.43 57.74 1:34.28 2:11.83 2:49.67 3:28.05 4:06.69
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