Svetlana Bazhanova

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameSvetlana Valeryevna•Bazhanova
Used nameSvetlana•Bazhanova
Original nameСветлана Валерьевна•Бажанова
Born1 December 1972 in Chelyabinsk, Chelyabinsk (RUS)
Measurements175 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsSportsclub Chelyabinsk
NOC Russian Federation Unified Team
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Placing runner-up at the 1991 World Junior Championships, Svetlana Bazhanova made a successful transfer to the seniors. In 1993, she finished third overall in the European Championships, improving her performance to silver in 1994. Her greatest feat came in the Olympic Games that same year. With pre-race favorite Gunda Niemann out of the picture after a fall, Svetlana Bazhanova found herself winning the gold following a close duel with Claudia Pechstein. While a consistent top-10 performer for the rest of her career, Bazhanova would never again reach to first place. Her major result came in 1998, when she again ranked third in the European Championships. A three-time Russian allround champion (1993, 1998, 2000), Bazhanova married fellow skater Vadim Sayutin in 1994.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.77 (1998); 1000 – 1:20.19 (1998); 1500 – 1:59.46 (2000); 3000 – 4:12.02 (2000); 5000 – 7:13.12 (2000).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) EUN RUS Svetlana Bazhanova
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 7
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 7
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) RUS Svetlana Bazhanova
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) RUS Svetlana Bazhanova
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 9
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 10

Olympic family relations

Special Notes