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Lyubov Kozyreva-Baranova

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 3
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameLyubov Vladimirovna•Kozyreva-Baranova (-Vatina)
Used nameLyubov•Kozyreva-Baranova
Original nameЛюбовь Владимировна•Козырева-Баранова (-Ватина)
Born27 August 1929 in Bugry, Leningrad (RUS)
Died22 June 2015 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements155 cm / 53 kg
AffiliationsIskra Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS) / Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationRUS

Biography

Lyubov Kozyreva was the first Soviet Winter Olympic Champion and was also the first Soviet skier to win a World Championship, winning the 10 km at the 1954 World Championships. She was also a member of the Soviet 3x4 km relay team that won the gold medal, a feat which she repeated at the 1958 and 1962 World Championships. In addition to her four World Championships titles, Kozyreva won two silvers (in 1958 at 10 km and in 1962 at 5 km). At the 1956 Olympics, Kozyreva became the first Soviet Winter Olympic Champion by winning the 10 km race. She added to her Olympic medal collection a silver from the same Olympics (in the relay) and two silvers from the 1960 Olympics (in the 10 km and relay). She also won the 10 km event at Holmenkollen in 1955, becoming the first Soviet athlete to win at Holmenkollen. Domestically Kozyreva won 16 Soviet titles (1953-56 at 5 km, 1951-53, 1956 and 1958 at 10 km and 1950-53 and 1955-57 in the relay). After her sporting career, Lyubov Baranova-Kozyreva worked as a cross-country ski coach.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1956 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union     as Lyubov Kozyreva
  3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Soviet Union 2 Silver
1960 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 2 Silver Representing Soviet Union     as Lyubov Baranova
  3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Soviet Union 2 Silver

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