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Russia-born Woman to Represent Australia in 2010 Winter Olympics

11. January 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Just a few months after becoming a citizen, Russian-born speed skater Tatiana Borodulina will represent Australia in the country’s 2010 Olympic short track team. Borodulina, who will skate the 500m, 1000m and 1500m events in Vancouver, moved to Australia in 2006 and is one of the country’s great medal hopes.

Borodulina has trained extensively for the games which begin on February 12th. In Australia, she endured ten rigorous training sessions a week: six on the ice and four in the gym. In mid-December she joined a host of other international skaters in Canada to acclimatize to the weather and further prepare for the competition. Despite her hard work and past success, Borodulina isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I know how hard I’ve worked but that doesn’t mean I should get a medal,” she recently stated. “It will come down to tactics and physical and mental strength on the day.”

Borodulina represented Russia in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin where she was a finalist in the 1500m event. She is also a former European Champion. Borodulina moved to Australia to improve her skating under respected coach Ann Zhang, and though Russia has tried to win her back Borodulina says she has no intention of leaving.

If you are interested in viewing Borodulina’s performance, please view the official 2010 Olympic Schedule and Results.


Source: Australian Olympic Committee Newsletter