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Irina Nikulchina

Full name: Irina Kostadinova Nikulchina
Original name: Ирина Костадинова Никулчина
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: December 8, 1974 in Razlog, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Affiliations: SC Bansko, Bansko (BUL)
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Irina Nikulchina's greatest success was her Olympic bronze medal in the pursuit at the 2002 Games. Prior to Salt Lake City, she had twice placed on the World Cup podium, both times in a sprint competition. After placing 11th in the sprint competition, Nikulchina moved up the field in the pursuit, leading the field with Norway's Liv Grete Skjelbreid and Magdalena Forsberg (Sweden) at the last shooting. All three missed two shots, and were passed by Pyleva and Wilhelm, but Nikulchina held on to win a surprising bronze. Later that same year, Nikulchina married her coach, Ivan Keradzhiev.

Results

Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 11 21:57.0 2 1 6:53.1 26 1 16:13.4 14
2006 Winter 31 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 36 24:30.0 4 2 8:57.9 52 2 17:44.2 47

Women's 10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M SB RT RR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 3 31:15.8 2 +1:16 29:59.8 1 0 7:00.3 6 0 13:02.6 3 0 19:33.4 3 2 26:22.8 5
2006 Winter 31 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 30 42:26.8 7 +1:59 40:27.8 27 1 10:13.6 31 0 17:45.3 23 3 26:47.4 28 3 35:58.4 30

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 57 16:41.6 6:48.4 54
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 70 20:52.6 7:08.1 72

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 43 53:16.7 6 47:16.7 15 3 12:16.4 64 2 23:37.4 62 0 34:06.6 51 1 44:34.9 47
2006 Winter 31 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria Final Standings 28 54:29.3 6 48:29.3 6 1 10:58.1 31 2 22:41.4 37 2 34:40.0 44 1 45:38.6 31

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 44 47:03.5 5:34.6 37 26:21.9 43
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 63 57:07.2 6:35.6 57 32:37.8 62

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 38 1-36:06.3 5:44.6 =36 27:52.0 31 38:35.2 36 46:33.3 35 1-16:40.1 38
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 28 1-31:04.7 5:32.1 16 33:35.0 26 1-08:45.7 25

Women's 4 × 6 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ES S1M S1ES S1T S1R S2M S2ES S2T S2R ET ER
2006 Winter 31 Torino Biathlon Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 8 20:27.2 1 6 0 3 47:17.0 9 1 3 54:48.3 8 1-00:28.0 8

Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ES S1M S1ES S1T S1R S2M S2ES S2T S2R ET ER
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Biathlon Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 4 21:44.1 0 3 0 0 28:45.6 4 0 3 36:32.3 4 43:56.0 2

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 43 33:38.6 +2:33 31:05.6 38
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Bulgaria Final Standings 53 34:13.5 +3:15 30:58.5 42