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Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova

Full name: Svetlana Sergeyevna Boyarkina-Zhurova
Original name: Светлана Сергеевна Бояркина-Журова
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: January 7, 1972 in Pavlovo-na-Neve, Leningrad, Russia
Affiliations: Dynamo St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: RUS Russia
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Svetlana Zhurova made her international début in November 1989. In January 1994 she made her first World Cup podium, in November 1995 she won her first World Cup race, and in 1996 she was World Single Distance champion in the 500 metres. She would have been one of the favorites for the 500 m at Nagano in 1998, but she had problems adapting to the new clap skates and placed ninth. Later the same year she won silver at the World Single Distance Championships. Zhurova repeated this performance the two following years. In June 2001 she married Artemy Tchernenko, a former professional tennis player. She gave birth to the couple's son in 2003, causing her to miss the 2003/04 season. She trained hard to get back into the world’s elite after giving birth, without much success in her first season. But 2006 would become her most successful year as a speed skater. In January she won the World Sprint Championships before winning the Olympic 500 m title in Torino three weeks later.

Shortly after retiring from skating, Zhurova joined Russia's main political party, Edinaya Rossiya (United Russia). By late 2007, she was elected into the Duma (and re-elected in 2011), and made secretary to the presidium of her party. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Zhurova was made mayor of the Olympic Village in the mountain cluster.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 37.55 (2001); 1000 – 1:15.02 (2002); 1500 – 1:58.64 (2002); 3000 – 4:25.02 (2001).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Russia RUS 7
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Russia RUS 24T
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Russia RUS 9
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Russia RUS 12
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Russia RUS 7
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Russia RUS 11
2006 Winter 34 Torino Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Russia RUS 1 Gold
2006 Winter 34 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Russia RUS 7

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 7 40.17 10.55
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 9 78.49
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Speed Skating Russia Race 1 7T 39.11 10.55
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Speed Skating Russia Race 2 11 39.38 10.63
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 7 75.64
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Russia Race 1 4 37.55 10.36
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Russia Race 2 8 38.09 10.46
2006 Winter 34 Torino Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 1 76.57
2006 Winter 34 Torino Speed Skating Russia Race 1 1 38.23 10.46
2006 Winter 34 Torino Speed Skating Russia Race 2 2 38.34 10.56

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 24T 1:22.44 18.36 48.94
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 12 1:19.04 18.10 47.16
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 11 1:15.02 17.41 44.99
2006 Winter 34 Torino Speed Skating Russia Final Standings 7 1:17.13 17.78 46.04
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