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Alevtina Olyunina-Panarina

Alevtina Olyunina-Panarina

Alevtina Olyunina-Panarina is one of the most famous women in the Soviet skiing. She was born in the small village of Kostroma region. During the winter the way to school of 5 km long was covered by the girl on skis. In his youth, doctors tried to disallow Olyunina to exercise because of her poor health. She had to move to another city and find there without any help a coach in order to continue her trainings.

The first participation at the Olympic Games in Grenoble in 1968 was unsuccessful, but on the insistence of the coach Alevtina did not drop skiing and two years later won two gold medals at the World Championships. In 1972 at the Olympic Games in Sapporo she also managed to get an Olympic gold. She became the champion of the USSR 9 times.

Alevtina retired from sports rather early. First, she wanted to devote more time to her family. Second, the relations with the team coach were not very good. He directly made difficulties for Olyunina in achievement of good results, however, many years later he apologized for it.

Now the former champion is working in the places of her childhood. She does not have any desire to live in a big city – she wants to be closer to nature and make herself useful for local children who do not have as many opportunities as the children from the capital. 

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