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Yevdokiya Mekshilo

Full name: Yevdokiya Panteleyevna Mekshilo (Arkhipova-)
Original name: Евдокия Пантелеевна Мекшило (Архипова-)
Gender: Female
Height: 13-5 (161 cm)
Born: March 23, 1931 in Gorno-Altaysk, Altay Kray, Russia
Died: January 16, 2013 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Affiliations: SKA St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Although Yevdokiya Mekshilo was one of the best Soviet female skiers of the 1950s, a leg injury (she tore a meniscus and the injury never healed properly) sustained when falling in practice in 1954 hampered her entire career and kept her from more success. Mekshilo rose into prominence after she moved to Leningrad to study at the university and started to train under legendary Soviet cross-country skiing coach Aleksey Bazhenov along with other early Soviet stars like Lyubov Kozyreva, Mariya Gusakova and Alevtina Kolchina. Mekshilo competed at the 1954 World Championships, placing 13th on the 10 km race, but missed the 1956 Olympics due to her leg injury, and the 1958 World Championships because she gave a birth to a son. In 1960 Mekshilo was again injured, so she made her second international championships appearance at the 1962 World Championships. At those World Championships, the first event, the 5 km race, was held in heavy snow and Mekshilo again hurt her leg during the race. In spite of that she was able to finish the race in sixth position, but was unable to compete in other events. Her next international appearance came at the 1964 Olympics, where she won gold in the relay race, was second at 10 km and fourth in the 5 km. Mekshilo made her last international appearance at the 1966 World Championships, where she finished fourth at both 5 and 10 km. Domestically Mekshilo never won an individual Soviet title, but was Soviet champion in the relay race seven times (1954, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1965 and 1966). After her competitive career Mekshilo worked as a cross-country skiing coach.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Soviet Union URS 4
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 4 18:16.7 8:26.8 5

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 2 40:26.6 21:56.9 2

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 19:08.5 40:26.4 1
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