Russian biathlete Yana Romanova: biography and sports career
Yana Romanova is a famous Russian biathlete, multiple winner of the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. After the end of her sports career she took up coaching and political activities.
Romanova Yana Sergeevna was born in May 1983 in the city of Kurgan. When the girl first saw the ski competition, she firmly decided to become a professional athlete. I really wanted Yana to get beautiful plastic skis. Even her mother, who was afraid that, due to frequent trainings, Yana would have problems with academic performance, could not prevent the realization of this dream.
Since childhood, Romanova has established herself as a very responsible athlete. She never missed a training session without a good reason, she clearly followed all the instructions of the coaches.
The first steps in biathlon
Yana Romanova came to biathlon at the age of 15.She started practicing with coach Valery Samsonovich Kondakov. Two years later, at the regional competitions, coach Anisimov Vladimir Semenovich paid attention to the young athlete, who took Romanova to Omsk.
Here Yana combined the training process with studies at a local university, where she studied as a sports instructor. Intensive classes were not in vain - very soon the first successes on the biathlon tracks came to the girl.
Achievements at the junior level
2002 brought Yana Romanova first achievements and fame. She quickly broke into the top thirty junior women of the world. Next year, the Russian biathlete managed to win silver medals at the World Championships in the sprint and the pursuit race.
In the relay, Yana Romanova became the winner of international competitions for the first time in her career. After these victories, the young biathlon began to be invited to the main Russian national team.
After Romanova, in 2009 in the pursuit, won the bronze medal at the World Championships from the summer biathlon, and then received the same award for the Universiade relay, she began performing at the World Cup.
Debut Yana Romanova was held in stage 6 in the Italian Anterselva.In the sprint, the Russian became the thirteenth, and in the pursuit - the twenty-sixth. But the best result was the seventh place in the individual race at the World Championships in Ostersund.
In the 2008/09 season, Yana Romanova could not please her fans with better results at the World Cup stages. But she still showed herself: at the European Championships in Ufa, the biathlete first became second in the sprint, and then third in the pursuit race.
The Olympic season started for Romanova very well. Already at the second stage in the Austrian Hochfilzen she together with Sleptsova, Bulygina and Zaitseva won the relay race. Then there was the fourth place in the “individual” in Pokljuka in Slovenia, and after it the second place in the relay in the German Ruhpolding.
Thanks to good performance, Romanova joined the Olympic team. But in Vancouver, he only once entered the track: in the individual race she finished only in the sixth top ten.
Despite the failed performances at the Olympics, Yana was able to win the World Cup stage for the first time in the end of the season. It happened in Khanty-Mansiysk in the sprint race.
The next three seasons, Yana Romanova could not get to the podium at the World Cup stage. The best result was the eleventh place in the pursuit race in Finnish Lahti.
In 2013, Romanova began serious preparations for the Olympic Games in Sochi. She participated in almost all stages, regularly scored credits, and in Anterselva took the fifth place in the sprint.
At the Olympics, Yana Romanova first became the nineteenth in the sprint, and then - the twenty-third in the pursuit. After that there was a failure in the “individual” - the biathlete finished only in the sixth dozen. Despite this, the coaches entrusted Romanova with a place in the relay team and were not mistaken. Together with Zaitseva, Shumilova and Vilukhina, Yana won the silver medal.
After the Olympics in Sochi, the biathlete held another season. At the World Cup stages, she regularly scored points, and in the experimental mixed relay in the Czech Novo-Meste won a landslide victory. In addition, she won the bronze medal at the World Military Championship in Boden.
In May 2015, Yana Romanova decided to end her professional career.
After leaving the biathlon tracks, Yana did not say goodbye to sports. She took the position of an athlete instructor at the Center for Sports Training of National Teams.
In addition, Yana Sergeyevna Romanova decided to try herself in politics. In 2016, she was registered as a member of a preliminary vote on the definition of a candidate from the United Russia party for the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Unfortunately, the silver medalist of the Olympic Games in Sochi and here became the second with more than 18% of the vote.