Personal Information

Family Husband Oleg Lopatenko, twin daughters Daria and Serafima [2017]

Residence Kiev, UKR

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Russian, Ukrainian

Higher education Coaching - Lviv State University of Physical Education: Ukraine

License number 05011986002


World Cup-4711
Luxembourg (LUXEMBOURG), 2008-02-02Katowice (POLAND), 2003-03-01
Lobnya (RUSSIA), 2010-03-20Florina (GREECE), 2008-03-15
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2011-03-11Doha (QATAR), 2011-02-12
Leipzig (GERMANY), 2014-02-07Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2011-05-06
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2012-05-04
Xuzhou (CHINA), 2014-11-14
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2015-01-23
World Championship--11
Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-17
Zone Championships--11
Plovdiv (BULGARIA), 2009-07-13
Grand Prix3-25
Doha (QATAR), 2010-01-23Saint-Maur (FRANCE), 2008-02-22
Nankin (CHINA), 2011-06-11Nankin (CHINA), 2010-05-14
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-02-02
Olympic Games1--1
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-07-30
Bratislava (SLOVAKIA), 2018-09-16

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began training at age 11 in Lviv, Ukraine.

Why this sport? A friend invited her to try the sport. "I refused at first, but she was very persistent. We didn't fence for three months, just ran, but then eventually we began to learn."

Club / Team Dynamo [UKR] / Kiev School of Supreme Sports Skill [UKR]:

Name of coach Oleg Lopatenko [husband], UKR, from 2010; Andriy Orlikovsky [personal], UKR, from 1997

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Driving, snowboarding. (2000.ua, 11 Aug 2016)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual epee at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Athlete, 10 Jun 2019)

Hero / Idol Ukrainian swimmer Yana Klochkova, Hungarian fencer Timea Nagy. (sport-express.ua, 25 Jul 2013; kp.ua, 01 Aug 2012)

Awards and honours In recognition of her sporting achievements, she received the Order of Princess Olga [third grade] in 2007 and the Orders for Merits [third and second grades] in Ukraine in 2012 and 2015. (nffu.org.ua, 11 Mar 2015; pres.gov.ua, 15 Aug 2012)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (nffu.org.ua, 24 Apr 2019; dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2018)

Famous relatives Her husband Oleg Lopatenko has served as her coach. (sport-express.ua, 30 May 2019)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 10 Jun 2019)

Other information POST-OLYMPIC BREAKS
After winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she decided to take a break in her career to rest physically and mentally. She began training again in the second half of 2013. She took some further time away from the sport following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and gave birth to her twin daughters in 2017. Although she was initially reluctant to start competing again, she returned to the piste in September 2018. "I could not imagine how I would leave [her daughters] with someone else [to go training and compete]. But when I looked at the photos of our girls from at competitions - the battles, awards and adrenaline, I began to realise I was missing it. At first I decided just to run, but even this was very difficult. The children were already about nine months old when we found a nanny. And I decided to try it. Fencing is my life, this is what I love." (sport-express.ua, 30 May 2019; isport.ua, 17 Sep 2018; bulvar.com.ua, 19 Nov 2013)


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