Personal Information

Residence Khimki, RUS

Occupation Armed Forces Athlete

Languages Armenian, English, Russian

Higher education Coaching - Smolensk State Academy of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism: Russia

License number 20121993003


World Cup1157
Orléans (FRANCE), 2015-10-30Sint-Niklaas (BELGIUM), 2016-02-19Istanbul (TURKEY), 2011-03-11
Chicago (USA), 2013-05-03
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2017-05-12
Sint-Niklaas (BELGIUM), 2017-11-17
Sint-Niklaas (BELGIUM), 2019-03-22
World Championship--22
Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-15
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-21
Grand Prix3115
Seoul (KOREA), 2016-03-25Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-05-29Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-12-15
Cancun (MEXICO), 2016-12-16
Seoul (KOREA), 2017-03-31
Olympic Games1--1
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-08

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 11 in Moscow, Russian Federation.

Why this sport? She became interested in the sport when coach Sergey Semin came to her school and showed the students gold medals that his athletes had won. However, she almost quit fencing immediately when she realised how much training she would have to do. "My mother said to me, 'You never finish anything, you run away at the first problem.' I got really angry and decided to remain in the sport to spite her."

Club / Team Central Sports Army Club [RUS] / Khimki Fencing Sports School of Olympic Reserve [RUS]:

Name of coach Sergey Semin [personal], RUS; Elena Zhemaeva [personal], RUS

Handedness Left

General Interest

Hobbies Music, singing, pets, helping stray animals, driving. (portal-kultura.ru, 24 Apr 2019; sport-express.ru, 03 Aug 2018; sncmedia.ru, 01 Jun 2018)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning two gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (gazeta.ru, 18 Feb 2017)

Most influential person in career Coach Sergey Semin. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2016)

Injuries She damaged foot ligaments and injured her shoulder ahead of the 2018 World Championships. The injuries affected her performance at the competition in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (sport-express.ru, 03 Aug 2018)

Awards and honours In 2016 she was named Best Sportswoman of the Russian Federation at the Pride of Russia awards ceremony. (cska.ru, 14 Dec 2016)

She received the Order of Honour from the president of the Russian Federation in recognition of the two gold medals she won at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (kremlin.ru, 25 Aug 2016)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 24 Dec 2020)

Other information FUTURE
She has considered retiring from fencing following the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in order to pursue other goals and ambitions. She decided to take a break from the sport after the Games were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in November 2020 she announced that she was pregnant. "I need to build a family and future. I often tell people that I am not an athlete who is completely immersed in the training or competition process. I live so vividly, openly, and with such versatility that if I had not been Olympic champion, I would probably have become a singer or an actress with an Oscar. Maybe it sounds arrogant, but I know that if it were not in this sphere, I would have achieved something in another. I see myself as a singer, an actress, a photographer, or even a champion in another sport. I am always on the move, and I don't need anyone's permission or approval to do something completely new. I am my own mistress, I decide everything for myself." (eurosport.ru, 27 Nov 2020; sport-express.ru, 03 Aug 2018; sncmedia.ru, 01 Jun 2018)

The story of her rivalry with another Russian fencer, Sophia Velikaia, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro served as the inspiration for the Russian sports drama film 'On the Edge' that was released in 2020. "Of course, a movie about fencing was needed. We live in a sports country, but the majority of people know only a few top sports - football, ice hockey, figure skating, gymnastics. At the same time, there are a huge number of incredible athletes in fencing that no one knows about. Thanks to such films, people begin to be interested in fencing and delve into its essence." (tass.ru, 25 Nov 2020)


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