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Maryia Izafatava

Belarus

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTBLR21304199801
NOCBelarus
Born13 Apr 1998 in Vitsyebsk 
GenderWomen
ResidenceVitsyebsk, BLR
OccupationPolice Athlete
LanguagesRussian
Higher educationManagement, Tourism - Belarusian State University of Physical Education: Minsk, BLR
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 44.340 01 Feb 2019 Dresden  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011202516845  
twitter.com/MaryiaIzafatava  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamMinsk Republican Centre of Olympic Training: Belarus  
Reason for choosing this sport"In childhood, my sister Hanna and I figure skated. I don't remember what exactly did not work out there but we were offered the chance to try another skating sport, short track. Our parents supported the change. At first we didn't even understand what short track was. But then we grew up, and now we can no longer imagine our life without this passion. Figure skating laid the foundation for coordination, stretching, and exercise habits for us. This is important in any discipline. And, of course, it was not so scary to stand on skates. A month after the change of discipline, we were competing in short track. Just because we knew how to skate."  
Name of coachArtur Solienko [national, personal], BLR  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport in 2006 in Vitsyebsk, Belarus.  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolKorean short track skater Noh Jin-Kyu, Russian short track skater Victor An. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
InjuriesIn January 2015 she broke her left elbow during a training session. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
Memorable sporting achievementHer performance at the 2021 European Championships in Gdansk, Poland. (belfastmedia.by, 03 Aug 2021)  
Famous relativesHer younger sister Hanna has represented Belarus in short track at World Cup events and the European championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Feb 2021; Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
Awards and honoursIn 2021 she received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (belfastmedia.by, 03 Aug 2021)

She received the 2020/21 Female Short Track Athlete of the Year award from the Skating Union of Belarus. (skating.by, 10 Apr 2021)
 
HobbiesMusic, cooking pastries, reading books. (belfastmedia.by, 03 Aug 2021; Athlete, 02 Feb 2021)  
AmbitionsTo set national records, and to compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (belfastmedia.by, 03 Aug 2021; Athlete, 02 Feb 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Citius, altius, fortius [Faster, higher, stronger]." (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Other informationFAMILY AFFAIR
She says that she and her sister Hanna benefit from having each other as international teammates. "My sister, who is a year younger than me, and I have no rivalry. We are all about fair sport. If at some point one of us is stronger, let it be, it's a good thing. Going out on the ice, you simply turn off, and the whole world ceases to exist for you. Besides, it's not only my sister there, but all my teammates. We perceive any rivalry we have on the ice as healthy competition." (belfastmedia.by, 03 Aug 2021)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 European Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2015/2016 European Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2018/2019 European Championships 3000m Relay10  
    2020/2021 European Championships 3000m Relay10  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay14  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m17  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m17  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m18  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m20  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall22  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m22  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m22  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m23  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall23  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall24  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall24  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m25  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m25  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m26  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m26  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m26  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m29  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m29  
    2016/2017 World Junior Championships Overall30  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m32  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall35  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m36  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m36  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall38  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall44  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall57  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 Almaty 2000m Relay9  
    2016/2017 Minsk 3000m Relay10  
    2018/2019 Almaty 3000m Relay11  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay13  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay14  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay14  
    2018/2019 Dresden 3000m Relay14  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m19  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m19  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m28  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1000m31  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m32  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m32  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1000m33  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m34  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m35  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m35  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m39  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m39  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m40  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m42  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m43  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m44  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m46  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m59  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m61  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m61  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m62  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m64  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m67  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m74  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m82  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m84  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m87  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m89  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m91  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m94  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m97