Alevtina Kolchina

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 3
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameAlevtina Pavlovna•Kolchina (Bakilina-)
Used nameAlevtina•Kolchina
Original nameАлевтина Павловна•Колчина (Бакилина-)
Other namesAlevtina Koltšina
Born11 November 1930 in Pavlovsky, Perm Kray (RUS)
Died1 March 2022 in Otepää (EST)
Measurements162 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsIskra Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS) / Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS) / Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

As a child, Alevtina Kolchina suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, but her grandmother’s treatment and rest in the Crimea cured her of this disease. Kolchina was the most successful female Soviet cross-country skier of the 1950s, and with her husband Pavel Kolchin, they are still the most successful cross-country skiing husband and wife and are the only husband and wife to both win the Holmenkollen Medal (1963).

Alevtina Kolchina had a very long ski career, winning her first medals at the Soviet championships in 1954 (silver at 5 km and bronze in the relay) and her last medals in 1970 (silver at 10 km and bronze at 5 km). Throughout her career Kolchina won 13 Soviet Championships – 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1963 in the 5 km; 1959 and 1962-64 in the 10 km; and 1956, 1959, 1960, and 1963 in the relay.

Internationally, besides her five Olympic medals, Kolchina won seven World Championships: 10 km and relay in 1958; 5 km, 10 km, and relay in 1962; and 5 km and relay in 1966; adding a silver in the 10 km in 1966. She also won 10 km (1961-63) and 5 km (1966) races at Holmenkollen.

In 1973, the Kolchins moved to Otepää, Estonia and later worked as cross-country ski coaches there, also serving the Estonian national cross-country skiing team in various administrative positions. The Kolchina’s son Fjodor Koltšin also competed at the Olympics, placing 15th in Nordic combined at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) URS RUS Alevtina Kolchina
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 4
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver
1960 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) URS RUS Alevtina Kolchina
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 4
1964 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) URS RUS Alevtina Kolchina
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 7
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold
1968 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) URS RUS Alevtina Kolchina
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 7
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 3 Bronze

Olympic family relations

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