Residence Moscow, RUS
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, French, Russian
|Athènes (GREECE), 2019-03-08|
|Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-21|
|Moscow (RUSSIA), 2019-05-24|
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 10 in Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport? After doing swimming and acrobatics, she switched to fencing. She chose sabre because it was not possible to do foil or epee fencing where she lived.
Club / Team Central Sports Army Club [RUS] / Novosibirsk Regional Sports School of Olympic Reserve [RUS]:
Name of coach Christian Bauer [national], FRA; Alexander Shirshov [personal], RUS; Sergey Stepankin [personal], RUS
Competing for Russia
Nicknames Sonya, Pozdni (tass.ru, 24 Jul 2018)
Hobbies Reading, studying foreign languages. (teamrussia.pro, 16 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career Coaches Christian Bauer, Alexander Shirshov, Sergey Stepankin, and her family. (Athlete, 28 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol Russian fencer [and her father] Stanislav Pozdniakov, Russian Greco-Roman wrestler Roman Vlasov. (Athlete, 28 Jul 2018)
Injuries She has torn cruciate ligaments twice during her career, and was out of action for significant periods of time on both occasions. (tass.ru, 24 Jul 2018; vesti.ru, 17 Oct 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never back down." (Facebook profile, 19 May 2018)
Awards and honours She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 05 Jun 2019; minsport.gov.ru, 24 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives Her father Stanislav Pozdniakov competed in sabre fencing at five Olympic Games from 1992 to 2008, winning four gold medals and a bronze, as well as multiple world titles. He has also worked as a coach of the Russian national fencing team, served as vice-president of the Russian Fencing Federation, and in 2018 he was elected president of the Russian Olympic Committee. Her younger sister Anna Pozdniakova has represented the Russian Federation in 3x3 basketball, and won gold at the 2018 U23 FIBA [International Basketball Federation] 3x3 World Cup in Xian, People's Republic of China. (russiabasket.ru, 07 Oct 2018; teamrussia.pro, 02 Oct 2018; interfax.ru, 29 May 2018; saratov-olimp.ru, 07 Apr 2018)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 28 Jul 2018)
Other information FAMILY AFFAIR
Her father Stanislav Pozdniakov won five medals in fencing at the Olympic Games. After claiming gold in individual sabre at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China, Sofia stated that she hoped she would now be known for her own achievements rather than being the 'daughter of Pozdniakov'. "I hope that now they will just call me Sofia Pozdniakova, the world champion. During the [World] Championships, my father did not give me any advice. We have a rule that I turn off my phone for the duration of the tournament. I think he is not as worried as my mother is as he has been in sports for many years. But my mother is another thing, she worries and supports me with tenderness and care." (tass.ru, 24 Jul 2018)
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