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Margarita Gorbounova

Margarita Gorbounova

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Margarita Gorbounova enjoyed the thrill of competing at the Paralympic Games in her adoptive homeland in 2010. Now she returns to her birthplace with the 2014 Games set for Sochi, Russia. The St.Petersburg, Russia-born cross country skier and biathlon racer was introduced to para-Nordic skiing by her parents, also both visually impaired.

Her mother, Olga Nazarenko, represented Russia in Para-Nordic skiing, winning gold at the Tignes-Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games, and her father, Mikhail Gorbounov, is a middle distance runner who has won gold and silver medals in the European Championships and completed twenty-five international marathons.

Gorbounova, who was born with cataracts resulting in almost complete visual impairment,was initially attracted to the sport to combat boredom during the winter. In 1999, the family moved to Canada, but it was not until they settled in Ottawa in 2005, that she started to think about taking up the sport competitively.

The highlight of her career so far is competing at the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. That season she teamed-up with her mother’s former guide, Robert d’Arras.

This season, Gorbounova’s guide is Andrea Bundon who resides across the country in Vancouver. They’ve shown great chemistry but training together is difficult because of the distance that separates them. Gorbounova met the qualifying standard for cross-country skiing back in January 2013 at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin.

Besides cross country skiing, Gorbounova also runs. For blind biathletes, their special rifles must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Gorbounova often practices her marksmanship in her basement in the off-season.

Gorbounova works as a French-English translator for the federal government.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Vancouver 2010 Paralympic team member… Won a World Cup bronze medal in the 2012-13 season.

PERSONAL

FAMILY: Both her parents also have a visual impairment… Her mother, Olga Nazarenko, represented Russia in para-Nordic skiing, winning gold at the Tignes-Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games… father, Mikhail Gorbounov, is a middle distance runner who has won gold and silver medals in the European Championships.

GETTING INTO THE SPORT:Her father taught her to ski at age seven in St. Petersburg, Russia. She stopped skiing for six years while she lived in Toronto, until she began training and competing again in Ottawa in 2005.

ODDS AND ENDS: Also enjoys horseback riding, reading, travelling, languages, being outdoors.

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Para-Nordic skiing 15km Visually Impaired - Women 4
2014 Sochi Biathlon 6km Visually Impaired - Women 7
2014 Sochi Para-Nordic skiing 5km Visually Impaired - Women 8
2014 Sochi Para-Nordic skiing 1km Sprint Visually Impaired - Women 7
2014 Sochi Para-Nordic skiing 4 x 2.5km Relay - Mixed 10
2010 Vancouver - Paralympic Biathlon 3km Pursuit Visually Impaired - Womens 11
Info
Born July 1, 1984
BirthplaceSt. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Height163 cm
Weight61 kg
Residence Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Games Attended

2014 Sochi

BiathlonPara-Nordic skiing

2010 Vancouver - Paralympic

BiathlonPara-Nordic skiing