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Olga Fatkulina

Russia

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSRUS22301199001
NOCRussia
Born23 Jan 1990 in  Chelyabinsk
GenderWomen
FamilyHusband Alexander Rudopysov
ResidenceChelyabinsk, RUS
OccupationArmed Forces Athlete
LanguagesEnglish, Russian
Higher educationPhysical Education - Ural State University of Physical Education: Chelyabinsk, RUS
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.72 10 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    1000m 1:12.33 15 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:56.22 16 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:28.20 07 Feb 2009 Kolomna  
    5000m 8:03.66 05 Apr 2009 Chelyabinsk  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    2 x 500m   1    
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    500m 1      
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    500m     3  
    1000m 1 1    
    Team Sprint   1 1  
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall     2  
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    500m 1      
    Team Sprint 2      
European Sprint Championships
Event  
European Sprint Championships
    Overall     2  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/olga.fatkulina.5  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport in 1999 at age nine at the Lidia Skoblikova Sports School of Olympic Reserve in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation.  
Name of coachAlexander Rudopysov [husband, personal], RUS  
Club / TeamLidia Skoblikova Sports School of Olympic Reserve [RUS] / Dynamo Chelyabinsk [RUS]:  
Reason for choosing this sportShe was an energetic child so her first coach Svetlana Zhuravleva recommended that she try sprints to use up her excess energy. "My coach made one of her first enrolments at school, I got interested and stayed with speed skating."  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursAfter winning a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, she received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [first grade] in the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 24 Feb 2014)

In 2013 she received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 19 Sep 2019; Athlete, 19 Oct 2017)
 
Hero / IdolSoviet speed skater Lidia Skoblikova. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Do the job well or don't do it at all." (womenfitness.net, 10 Sep 2021; Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)

"Patience and work will overcome everything." (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021)
 
InjuriesShe suffered a light concussion while skiing in the lead-up to the 2021/22 season. (matchtv.ru, 21 Oct 2021)

She injured her thigh muscle shortly before the 1000m race on the second day of the 2021 European Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands, and withdrew from the event. (rsport.ria.ru, 27 Jan 2021)

In 2015 she fell down on the ice and injured a knee ligament. In mid-2016 she suffered a thigh muscle tear. (Athlete, 10 Nov 2017)
 
NicknamesUral Meteorite (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021)  
Other informationOCCUPATION
She has served as a senior lieutenant in the National Guard of the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021)

SANCTION AND APPEAL
In November 2017 she was found to have committed an anti-doping violation at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, resulting in the disqualification of all her results in Sochi, including the silver medal she won in the women's 500m event. The International Olympic Committee [IOC] subsequently banned her from competing at the Olympic Games for life based on the findings of the Oswald Commission into doping by the Russian Federation. In February 2018 the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] upheld her appeal, overturned the IOC decision and annulled the sanctions. However, the IOC decided to not invite her to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (news.sportbox.ru, 09 Jun 2018; tas-cas.org, 01 Feb 2018; Reuters, 24 Nov 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She received a degree in public administration at the South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021)

EARLY YEARS
At age six her mother died, so she and her brother went to live with their grandmother. "The most motivating thing for me is the loss of my mother and father's parents when I was six. I lived with my brother, my grandmother and my uncle. We lived poorly. Skating gave me hope that I could get out of this cycle and be better than my relatives. At age 15, I wanted to quit skating, but the school and the coach brought me back. When I started earning my first money, it motivated me a lot. There have been a lot of injuries and operations throughout my career. It always just made me angry and made me stronger." (womenfitness.net, 10 Sep 2021; hornews.ru, 06 Sep 2013)
 
HobbiesCooking, snowboarding, alpine skiing. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in 1000m at the 2013 World Single Distance Championships in Sochi, Russian Federation. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021)  
Famous relativesHer husband Alexander Rudopysov also competed in speed skating. He won bronze at the 2007 Russian Championships and has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2021; 74.ru, 09 Aug 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 500m1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint2  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint3  
    2018/2019 European Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 500m4  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m4  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m5  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m7  
    2009/2010 World Sprint Championships Overall8  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m9  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1000m9  
    2018/2019 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m10  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m12  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall12  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m12  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m13  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m13  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m13  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m13  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m14  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m14  
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall16  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m17  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall18  
    2010 Olympic Games 2 x 500m20  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m20  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano Team Sprint2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Sprint2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano Team Sprint2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 500m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan 1000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 1000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 1000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Astana 1000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Astana 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 1000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Hamar 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Harbin 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall4  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m4  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m5  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m6  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m6  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m6  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m7  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m8  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m8  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m8  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m10  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m12  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m12  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m14  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall15  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall17  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m17  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m19  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m19  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall21  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall25  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m25  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m33  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m33  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall33  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m37