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VELIKAYA Sofya

sabre
Rank1
Pts282.00
Age33
HandR

Personal Information

Family Husband Aleksei Mishin, son Oleg, one daughter

Residence Moscow, RUS

Occupation Army, Athlete, Sports Administrator

Languages Russian

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup73616
New York (USA), 2011-06-24Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-02-24Gand (BELGIUM), 2006-05-13
Bologne (ITALY), 2012-05-04Athènes (GREECE), 2015-01-30Moscow (RUSSIA), 2008-02-16
Margarita Island (VENEZUELA), 2014-11-01Athènes (GREECE), 2016-01-29New York (USA), 2010-06-18
Orléans (FRANCE), 2014-11-21Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-02-25
Gand (BELGIUM), 2015-02-20Sint-Niklaas (BELGIUM), 2016-02-19
Beijing (CHINA), 2015-05-01Salt Lake City (USA), 2019-01-25
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2019-05-10
World Championship2215
Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-10Leipzig (GERMANY), 2005-10-10Paris (FRANCE), 2010-11-05
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-07-13Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-21
Zone Championships42-6
Kiev (UKRAINE), 2008-07-04Gand (BELGIUM), 2007-07-02
Montreux (SWITZERLAND), 2015-06-07Leipzig (GERMANY), 2010-07-16
TORUN (POLAND), 2016-06-20
Novi Sad (SERBIA), 2018-06-16
Grand Prix771024
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2006-02-24Moscow (RUSSIA), 2004-03-20Foggia (ITALY), 2003-03-14
Tianjin (CHINA), 2009-05-29New York City, NY (USA), 2004-06-12Moscow (RUSSIA), 2005-03-18
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2011-03-26Moscow (RUSSIA), 2006-03-17Orléans (FRANCE), 2009-02-06
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2012-03-16Moscow (RUSSIA), 2009-02-15Moscow (RUSSIA), 2010-02-14
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2018-05-12Orléans (FRANCE), 2012-02-10Tunis (TUNISIA), 2010-03-19
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-02-22Moscow (RUSSIA), 2013-03-22Orléans (FRANCE), 2011-02-11
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2019-05-24New York (USA), 2014-12-13Séoul (KOREA), 2015-03-28
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-05-29
Boston (USA), 2015-12-12
Seoul (KOREA), 2016-03-25
Olympic Games-2-2
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-08-01
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-08

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing in 1998 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Why this sport? Her older brother Grigoriy started fencing and suggested she should try it as well.

Name of coach Christian Bauer [national], FRA

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Watching movies, reading, travelling, playing volleyball. (lenta.ru, 07 Feb 2016; rusfencing.ru, 01 Jul 2015)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the team sabre at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017)

Hero / Idol Russian sabre fencer Stanislav Pozdnyakov. (sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017)

Injuries She missed the 2015 Russian Championships due to an elbow injury. (team-russia2016.ru, 26 May 2015)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Fencing is always about two competitors who play a game with each other. You offer, you trick, sometimes you lose, and you should accept this loss. Life is the same game." (rusfencing.ru, 15 Jan 2013)

Awards and honours For winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Honour from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 25 Aug 2016; function.mil.ru, 26 Aug 2016)

She was named the 2015 Female Athlete of the Year in the Russian Federation. (interfax.ru, 10 Dec 2015)

In recognition of her achievements at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was decorated with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [first grade] by the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 13 Aug 2012)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017)

Famous relatives Her husband Aleksei Mishin has represented the Russian Federation in Greco-Roman wrestling, and won gold in the 84kg category at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (mir24.tv, 24 May 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jul 2018)

Ambitions To win individual gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017)

Other information OTHER ROLES
She has served as the head of the Athletes' Commission of the Russian Olympic Committee. (sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017)

POST-OLYMPIC PAUSE
She decided to take a break from fencing following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She gave birth to her son and missed major international competitions in 2013. She did not compete for almost a year before returning at the 2014 World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey. She also missed the 2016/17 season after competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rusfencing.ru, 16 Mar 2014; sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has also studied at the Higher School of Cultural Policy and Administration at Moscow State University in the Russian Federation. (allsportinfo.ru, 24 Jun 2013)

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