Darya Domracheva of Belarus has been one of the leading competitors on the biathlon circuit since joining the World Cup in 2005. The 2010 Olympic bronze medalist figures to be among the medal favorites in individual, mass start, sprint and pursuit at the Sochi Games.
- 2013: World Championships – Gold (mass start), 7th (relay), 11th (mixed relay), 25th (pursuit), 33rd (individual), 43rd (sprint)
- 2012: World Championships – Gold (pursuit), Silver (sprint), 4th (mixed relay), 5th (mass start, relay), 25th (individual)
- 2011: World Championships – Silver (mass start), Bronze (relay), 10th (mixed relay), 19th (individual), 26th (sprint)
- 2010: Olympics – Bronze (individual)
- 2008: World Championships – Silver (mixed relay)
Things to know:
1. Since winning individual bronze at the Vancouver Olympics, Domracheva has become one of the strongest biathletes in the world. She won two medals each at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships and took mass start gold at the 2013 Worlds. She also finished second in the overall World Cup standings in 2012 and 2013.
2. In 1986, Domracheva moved with her family from Minsk to Nyagan when she was four years old. Her new town offered little in the way of pastimes apart from cross-country skiing, so she devoted herself to the sport. When she turned 13 in 1999, Domracheva switched to biathlon and began training at the newly-opened Nyagan biathlon school. She made the national team as a 20-year-old in 2006, winning bronze in pursuit at the Junior World Championships.
3. Often called “Dasha” by her competitors, Domracheva is the daughter of two architects who dreamed of building cities in Siberia. She began her collegiate studies pursuing a degree in sports management but wound up switching her focus to tourism management. Domracheva also has video skills. At the 2010 Olympics, she documented her teammates and other athletes at the Games and edited nearly 500 hours of footage into a 50-minute movie titled “Darya Domracheva. Representing Belarus.”