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The beautiful Russian started in single skating, but later found that ice dancing is more suitable for her. Today Elena Ilinykh is partnering with Nikita Katsalapov.
Prior to 2014, the couple is a three-time European medalist, a three-time Russian national silver medalist, and most importantly – a two-time Olympic medalist (gold and bronze) from 2014 Sochi Olympics.
We’ve already presented you one of the hits at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: Russia’s Women’s Curling Team. Now is the time to meet their skip and leader – Anna Sidorova! The beautiful Russian is born 1991 in Moscow. Her sports career began in figure skating, but she has suffered a serious leg injury. Fortunately for the world of curling, at age 13 Anna give up the figure skating and later switched to curling.
At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Anna Sidorova became the youngest skip at the Games.
Eva Samkova is a Czech snowboarder born 1993.
Eva started her career in the freestyle disciplines, but due to injures switched to snowboard cross. In this same discipline Eva Samkova won the Olympic gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She dominated from the qualifications to the final, and her phenomenal performance didn’t meet any real contestants!
Lindsey Jacobellis is an American snowboarder born 1985 in Stratton, Vermont, USA. She is one of the most decorated athletes in the Snowboard cross.
Despite the fact she has won so much in snowboarding, the Olympic gold is still unreachable for Lindsey. The American failed in her both participations in 2006 and 2010. The most interesting case is from 2006 Turin Olympics. In the Snowboarding cross final, she had a huge lead over the second Tanja Frieden. Just before the finish, Jacobellis – who at that time was simply enjoying her race – performed unnecessary method grab. In result she fell and was passed by Frieden, but at least recovered and took the silver medal.