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Alevtina Kolchina

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 3
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameAlevtina Pavlovna•Kolchina (Leontyeva-)
Used nameAlevtina•Kolchina
Original nameАлевтина Павловна•Колчина (Леонтьева-)
Other namesAlevtina Koltšina
Born11 November 1930 in Pavlovsky, Perm Kray (RUS)
Measurements162 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsIskra Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS) / Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS) / Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationRUS

Biography

Alevtina Kolchina was the most successful female Soviet cross country skier of the 1950s. With her husband Pavel Kolchin, they still are the most successful cross-country skiing husband and wife pair. They are also the only husband and wife pair to ever win the Holmenkollen Medal (1963). Alevtina Kolchina had a very long ski career. She won 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, most recently as consultants. The Kolchina’s son Fjodor also competed at the Olympics, placing 15th in Nordic combined at the 1980 Olympics.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1956 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 4 Representing Soviet Union    
  3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Soviet Union 2 Silver
1960 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 4 Representing Soviet Union    
1964 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Soviet Union    
  10 kilometres, Women Olympic 7
  3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Soviet Union 1 Gold
1968 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Soviet Union    
  10 kilometres, Women Olympic 7
  3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Soviet Union 3 Bronze

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