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Kristina Šmigun-Vähi

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKristina•Šmigun-Vähi
Used nameKristina•Šmigun-Vähi
Born23 February 1977 in Tartu (EST)
Measurements168 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsOtepää Sports Club/Oti-Audentes Sports Club
NOC(s) Estonia

Biography

Kristina Šmigun was born into a sporting family, her parents both world class cross-country skiers and her younger sister Katrin would also became a cross-country skier. Coached by her parents her entire career, which lasted from 1991-2010, Šmigun became one of the most successful female Estonian athletes ever along with track cyclist Erika Salumäe. During her career, Šmigun won three Olympic medals – golds in 10 km classical and pursuit at the 2006 Olympics and silver in 10 km freestyle at the 2010 Olympics. At the World Championships, she won six medals – gold in pursuit in 2003, silvers in 15 km freestyle in 1999 and in 10 km classical and 15 km classical in 2003 and bronzes in 30 km classical in 1999 and 30 km freestyle in 2003.

Šmigun also won 16 World Cup events during her career and her best place in overall World Cup standings was second in the 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons. Domestically, Šmigun won 42 Estonian titles between 1991-10 and was elected as Estonian Sportswoman of the Year eight times (1997, 1999-2000, 2002-04, 2006, 2010). Šmigun finished her sporting career after the 2010 Winter Olympics and since 2012 has been vice-president of the Estonian National Olympic Committee. In 2011 she began working as a marketing director of Estonian fast food franchise Näps.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1994 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 30 Representing Estonia     as Kristina Šmigun
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 28
  5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 27
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Estonia 12
1998 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 30 kilometres, Women Olympic 46 Representing Estonia     as Kristina Šmigun
2002 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) Sprint, Women Olympic 25 Representing Estonia     as Kristina Šmigun
  10 kilometres, Women Olympic AC
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 7
  30 kilometres, Women Olympic 7
  5/5 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 13
2006 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing Estonia     as Kristina Šmigun
  30 kilometres, Women Olympic 8
  15 km Skiathlon, Women Olympic 1 Gold
2010 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 2 Silver Representing Estonia    
  30 kilometres, Women Olympic 27
  15 km Skiathlon, Women Olympic AC

Other participations

Games Role Details
2002 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Estonia    
2006 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Estonia    
2010 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Estonia    

Olympic family relations

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