|Full name||Darya Vladimirovna Domracheva|
August 3, 1986 |
Minsk, Soviet Union
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Wins||19 (including Olympics)|
|Total podiums||57 (including Olympics)|
|Updated on March 20, 2014.|
Darya Vladimirovna Domracheva (Belarusian: Дар’я Уладзіміраўна Домрачава; Darja Uładzimiraŭna Domračava, Russian: Да́рья Влади́мировна До́мрачева; born 3 August 1986) is a Belarusian biathlete who has been competing in the Biathlon World Cup since 2006. She won three gold medals in the pursuit, individual, and mass start competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and a bronze medal in the individual competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Domracheva started her sports career with cross-country skiing in 1992 but switched to biathlon in 1999. She originally represented Russia at youth level but received an offer to switch to Belarus in 2004. She joined Belarus’ national biathlon team in 2006 (made her junior team debut in 2005). Domracheva won sprint and pursuit at the 2005 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships in Kontiolahti (Finland). She finished 40th in the individual race (the diopter fell off, and she missed 5 targets at the third shooting stage.)
Domracheva took 3rd place in the pursuit and 4th place in the individual events at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine. In 2007 she picked up two silver medals in sprint and pursuit at the Junior World Championships in Vall Martello, Italy.
Her breakthrough came during the 2008/2009 season when she earned two third places and one second place.
At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, she won the bronze medal in the Women's 15-kilometer individual race at the Whistler Olympic Park venue. Later in the same season, on 13 March, she won her first World Cup race in the sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland. The next day she also won the pursuit.
Domracheva won the Pursuit World Cup 2011–2012 and won the Mass Start World Cup 2011–2012. In the Total World Cup 2011–2012 she ended the season second with 1188 points behind Magdalena Neuner's 1216 points.
In the 2010–2011 season Domracheva won the Mass Start World Cup.
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass Start||Relay||Mixed Relay|
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass Start||Relay||Mixed Relay|
|2010 Khanty-Mansiysk||Not held in an Olympic season||9th|
|2013 Nové Město na Moravě||33rd||43rd||25th||Gold||7th||11th|
19 victories (4 Sp, 6 Pu, 3 In, 6 MS)
(1 Sp, 1 Pu)
|March 13, 2010||Kontiolahti||7.5 km Sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|March 14, 2010||Kontiolahti||10 km Pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|March 20, 2011||Oslo||12.5 km Mass Start||Biathlon World Cup|
(3 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
|December 1, 2011||Östersund||15 km Individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|December 10, 2011||Hochfilzen||10 km Pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|January 22, 2012||Antholz||12.5 km Mass Start||Biathlon World Cup|
|March 4, 2012||Ruhpolding||10 km Pursuit||Biathlon World Championships|
|March 17, 2012||Khanty-Mansiysk||10 km Pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|March 17, 2012||Khanty-Mansiysk||12.5 km Mass Start||Biathlon World Cup|
(1 Sp, 1 In, 1 MS)
|December 7, 2012||Hochfilzen||7.5 km Sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|February 17, 2013||Nové Město||12.5 km Mass Start||Biathlon World Championships|
|March 7, 2013||Sochi||15 km Individual||Biathlon World Cup|
(2 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
|January 3, 2014||Oberhof||7.5 km Sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|January 4, 2014||Oberhof||10 km Pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|February 11, 2014||Sochi||10 km Pursuit||Winter Olympic Games[A]|
|February 14, 2014||Sochi||15 km Individual||Winter Olympic Games[A]|
|February 17, 2014||Sochi||12.5 km Mass Start||Winter Olympic Games[A]|
|March 9, 2014||Pokljuka||12.5 km Mass Start||Biathlon World Cup|
|March 20, 2014||Oslo Holmenkollen||7.5 km Sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
- Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.
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Domracheva was born in Minsk. When she was four her parents moved to the small town of Nyagan, Russia in Siberia. Her parents are architects, and at the time they were young people who wanted to build cities. Domracheva has stated: "You have to imagine: Nyagan is just one year older than me."
Domracheva started skiing when she was six. Nyagan was at its infancy then and there were few choices. She chose to do sports. The town has grown and developed in the meantime, there are more cultural events, it is no longer a problem to pass the time. She says: "When I was living there, we did not have anything of that." In cross-country ski races she was competing with boys, as she had no rivals among girls.
Sport was a way to let off steam for her. She said: "I‘ve always been excited about sports. When I saw skis, my eyes began to sparkle, just as other children‘s eyes did when seeing toys. I had a lot of energy as a child and I had to let it out. I was hard to contain." A biathlon school was opened in Nyagan in 1999, which Domracheva attended.
Domracheva attended university in Tyumen, and studied sports management from 2002 until 2003.
Domracheva's family moved back to Minsk in 2003. In Minsk they did not have a faculty of Sports Management, so Domracheva changed to studying Tourism Management at the Belarusian State Economic University. In 2009 she was writing her diploma thesis on the subject: Advertising in the tourism industry.
Domracheva's nickname is "Dasha".
Domracheva presented the voting result of Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 final on 18 May.
Domracheva used a video camera to document herself, her teammates and athletes from other countries from 2008 until after the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The 500 hours of material was edited into a 50-minute movie. The movie gives a unique insight into the life of world class athletes during the whole year, from the few weeks of relaxation and rest in the spring, through the hard training during the summer and the fall, to the competition season between December and March. The movie shows athletes from many countries, living together, traveling together and competing together.
- "Athletes: Darya Domracheva". sochi2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- http://www.belarus.by/en/about-belarus/sport/darya_domracheva Official Website of the Republic of Belarus
- "Klaus Siebert: Biathlon is My Life". International Biathlon Union. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- http://services.biathlonresults.com/Cups.aspx IBU official result page
- International Biathlon Union – Darya Domracheva
- IBU Interview
- http://www5.biathlonworld.com/en/press_releases.html/do/detail?presse=1612 Dasha Dashes to Victory, News from IBU
- http://www.2b.by/film/en/ Movie official web page
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