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Alevtina Kolchina

Full name: Alevtina Pavlovna Kolchina (Leontyeva-)
Original name: Алевтина Павловна Колчина (Леонтева-)
Other name(s): Alevtina Koltšina
Gender: Female
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: March 11, 1930 in Pavlovsk, Perm Kray, Russia
Affiliations: Iskra Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS) / Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS) / Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Mother of Fjodor Koltšin; Wife of Pavel Kolchin.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Alevtina Kolchina was the most successful female Soviet cross country skier of the 1950s. With her husband Pavel Kolchin, they still are the most successful cross-country skiing husband and wife pair. They are also the only husband and wife pair to ever win the Holmenkollen Medal (1963). Alevtina Kolchina had a very long ski career. She won her first medals at the Soviet championships in 1954 (silver at 5 km and bronze in the relay) and her last medals in 1970 (silver at 10 km and bronze at 5 km). Throughout her career Kolchina won 13 Soviet Championships – 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1963 in the 5 km; 1959 and 1962-64 in the 10 km; and 1956, 1959, 1960 and 1963 in the relay. Internationally, besides her five Olympic medals, Kolchina won seven World Championships: 10 km and relay in 1958; 5 km, 10 km and relay in 1962; and 5 km and relay in 1966; adding a silver in the 10 km in 1966. She also won 10 km (1961-63) and 5 km (1966) races at Holmenkollen. In 1973, the Kolchins moved to Otepää, Estonia and later worked as cross-country ski coaches there, also serving the Estonian national cross-country skiing team in various administrative positions, most recently as consultants. The Kolchina’s son Fjodor also competed at the Olympics, placing 15th in Nordic combined at the 1980 Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Soviet Union URS 4
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Soviet Union URS 4
1964 Winter 33 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1964 Winter 33 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Soviet Union URS 7
1964 Winter 33 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1968 Winter 37 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1968 Winter 37 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Soviet Union URS 7
1968 Winter 37 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1964 Winter 33 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 3 18:08.4 8:26.9 6
1968 Winter 37 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 3 16:51.6

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 4 38:46
1960 Winter 29 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 4 40:12.6 20:30 2
1964 Winter 33 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 7 41:26.2 22:09.7 3
1968 Winter 37 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 7 38:52.9 19:13.3 4

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 22:38 45:36 1
1964 Winter 33 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 21:17.9 21:17.9 1
1968 Winter 37 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 3 19:32.8 19:32.8 3
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