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VELIKAYA Sofya

sabre
Rank2
Pts264.00
Age34
HandR

Personal Information

Family Son Oleg, daughter Zoya

Residence Moscow, RUS

Occupation Army, Athlete

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 Championship2316
Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-10Leipzig (GERMANY), 2005-10-10Paris (FRANCE), 2010-11-05
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-07-13Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-21
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-07-17
Zone Championships4217
Kiev (UKRAINE), 2008-07-04Gand (BELGIUM), 2007-07-02Düsseldorf (GERMANY), 2019-06-17
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 at age 14 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Why this sport? She played the piano when she was younger, but she came to dislike it. Her older brother was already involved in fencing and she decided to follow him into the sport. "When I was 14, my older brother Grigoriy encouraged me to do fencing, for which I am very grateful. It was rather late [to start training in] our sport. It took me two years to try and understand."

Club / Team Central Sports Army Club [RUS] / MGFSO [RUS]:

Name of coach Christian Bauer [national], FRA; Dmitry Glotov [personal], RUS

Handedness Right

General Interest

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

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in 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 She received the Order of Honour from the president of the Russian Federation in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (kremlin.ru, 25 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 has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (rusfencing.ru, 24 May 2019; minsport.gov.ru, 24 Dec 2018)

Ambitions To win gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sport-express.ru, 28 May 2019)

Other information 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. (sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017; rusfencing.ru, 16 Mar 2014)

OTHER ROLES
She has served as head of the Athletes' Commission of the Russian Olympic Committee. (sport-express.ru, 28 May 2019; sovsport.ru, 08 Mar 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has 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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