Personal Information

Family Partner Luigi Samele

Residence Kiev, UKR

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Russian, Ukrainian

Higher education Coaching - Admiral Makarov National Shipbuilding University: Mykolayiv, UKR

License number 04091990000


World Cup136928
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-02-25Bologne (ITALY), 2012-05-04Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2008-02-02
Istanbul (TURKEY), 2011-03-11Gand (BELGIUM), 2013-02-22Moscow (RUSSIA), 2008-02-16
Antalya (TURKEY), 2012-03-09Bolzano (ITALY), 2014-02-28Bologne (ITALY), 2011-05-06
Chicago (USA), 2012-06-22Orléans (FRANCE), 2015-10-30New York (USA), 2011-06-24
Antalya (TURKEY), 2013-03-15Tunis (TUNISIA), 2018-06-01Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-02-24
Dakar (SENEGAL), 2014-02-07Athènes (GREECE), 2019-03-08Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2013-01-25
Gand (BELGIUM), 2014-02-21Gand (BELGIUM), 2015-02-20
Athènes (GREECE), 2015-01-30Beijing (CHINA), 2015-05-01
Sint-Niklaas (BELGIUM), 2016-02-19Orléans (FRANCE), 2019-11-22
Foshan (CHINA), 2016-05-13
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2017-05-12
Sint-Niklaas (BELGIUM), 2017-11-17
Salt Lake City (USA), 2019-12-13
World Championship4217
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-08-06Antalya (TURKEY), 2009-09-30Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-10
Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-15Paris (FRANCE), 2010-11-05
Leipzig (GERMANY), 2017-07-20
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-07-17
Zone Championships6-17
Plovdiv (BULGARIA), 2009-07-13TORUN (POLAND), 2016-06-20
Sheffield (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-07-14
Legnano (ITALY), 2012-06-15
Zagreb (CROATIA), 2013-06-16
Strasbourg (FRANCE), 2014-06-07
Düsseldorf (GERMANY), 2019-06-17
Grand Prix162725
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2009-02-15Orléans (FRANCE), 2009-02-06Budapest (HUNGARY), 2006-02-24
Orléans (FRANCE), 2010-02-05Tianjin (CHINA), 2010-05-28Alger (ALGERIA), 2008-03-20
Lamezia Terme (ITALY), 2010-03-12Foggia (ITALY), 2009-03-13
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2010-03-19Moscow (RUSSIA), 2011-03-26
Orléans (FRANCE), 2013-02-01Tianjin (CHINA), 2011-05-21
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2013-03-22Moscow (RUSSIA), 2012-03-16
Orléans (FRANCE), 2014-01-31Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-02-22
Beijing (CHINA), 2014-05-24
New York (USA), 2014-12-13
Séoul (KOREA), 2015-03-28
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-05-29
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2016-05-28
Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-12-15
Seoul (KOREA), 2018-03-30
Seoul (KOREA), 2019-04-26
Montreal (CANADA), 2020-01-10
Olympic Games--22
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-08-01
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-08
Antalya (TURKEY), 2018-05-27

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 10 in Mykolayiv, Ukraine.

Why this sport? She was doing dancing but it was rather expensive for her parents. Her godfather, a fencing coach, then encouraged her to switch sports.

Club / Team Central Sports Club of the Armed Forces: Ukraine

Name of coach Yury Marchenko [personal], UKR; Andrea Terenzio [personal], ITA; Oleh Shturbabin, UKR

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Olya (isport.ua, 25 Mar 2013)

Hobbies Shopping, snowboarding. (Athlete, 09 Jun 2019)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in team sabre at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 09 Jun 2019)

Hero / Idol US fencer Mariel Zagunis. (FIE Instagram profile, 27 Jul 2020)

Sporting philosophy / motto "I always treat my rivals with respect. Before we go out onto the piste, we can be friends, talk, and on the strip we fight to the last, to show who is stronger." (xsport.ua, 26 May 2018)

Awards and honours She was named Female Athlete of the Year at the Ukrainian Heroes of the Sport Awards in 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2017. (noc-ukr.org, 05 Apr 2018, 31 Mar 2017, 08 Apr 2015; glavred.info, 08 Apr 2010)

In recognition of her sporting achievements, she has received the Orders of Princess Olga [first, second and third grades] and the Orders for Merits [first, second and third grades] in Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 07 Mar 2018, 25 Jul 2013)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (nffu.org.ua, 24 Jan 2020)

Famous relatives Her partner Luigi Samele is an Italian fencer who won bronze in team sabre at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He has also claimed medals at the European championships and the world championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Aug 2020; Instagram profile, 08 Aug 2020)

Ambitions To win individual gold at the Olympic Games. (FIE Instagram profile, 27 Jul 2020)

Other information BARBIE ROLE MODEL
In 2020 she was chosen as the inspiration for a new Barbie Doll. She was selected as part of the Barbie Role Model project. "As a little girl, I always dreamed of having a Barbie doll. And I had it, like most girls. But I couldn't imagine that some day I would become a Barbie doll myself! I'm so glad that I was able to inspire the legendary brand to create this beauty." (footballua.tv, 05 Mar 2020; Instagram profile, 04 Mar 2020)

She has served as a member of the International Fencing Federation [FIE] Athletes' Commission. She has also been member of the Athletes' Commission of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine. (fie.org, 01 Aug 2020; noc-ukr.org, 01 Aug 2020)


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