At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Yulia Stupak (before marriage – Belorukova) won two bronze medals in cross-country skiing. Will she be able to improve the result in Beijing 2022? We introduce the contender for the highest places and the most interesting facts about Yulia Stupak.
Olympic Medals Despite Injuries
At the end of December 2017, Julia was preparing to perform at the Tour de Ski, but did not take part in the prestigious stage race. The reason is an unsuccessful fall, as a result of which the skier broke her nose and injured her neck. Only a month and a half remained before the 2018 Olympics. So the athlete forced her recovery and in two weeks performed at the World Cup. At that time, Belorukova was still in good shape for the Games in Pyeongchang. Having won bronze in the sprint, she became the first Russian skier in 12 years who managed to win an Olympic medal in a personal race. Also at the last Olympics, Julia won a bronze medal in the relay.
Interesting Facts About Yulia Stupak: Shooting Master
In October, Stupak showed her Instagram followers that she can shoot well with a rifle. In the video in her story, she closed four targets out of five from a standing position. Without knowing the shooter, one would assume that a professional biathlete is working with a gun. Julia really has experience in biathlon racing.
In 2014, she took third place in the military patrol race (the prototype of biathlon) at the World Military Championship. The winner of that race was the French national team with biathletes Anais Bescon and Celia Emonier in the composition.
Dancing on a Pedestal
Last season, Stupak tried on the status of the main skier of Russia. As the online sportsbook news in Russia states, she won silver in the Tour de Ski race, won two stages of the World Cup and took second place in the overall standings. Each time, going up the podium, Julia really shone. If during the awarding ceremony the organizers turned on the music, the skier would start dancing. “Athletes on the podium stand with such faces, as if they run in the top 3 every day, and they are already fed up with it. But not in my case. I appreciate every such moment, ”the athlete explained in an interview with the On Skis project.
Not Being Scared of Teresa Johaug
Stupak is confident in her abilities and is not afraid of anyone on the track – not even such a famous athlete as Teresa Johaug. In January, Julia beat the Olympic champion and 14-time world champion at the finish of the mass start at the World Cup in Falun.
“Maybe I managed to beat Johaug just because I don’t treat her like some kind of unattainable idol. I do not set myself the task of getting ahead of Johaug specifically. For me, she is just one of the rivals, and you can beat her in the same way as the others, ”Stupak said in an interview with RT.
Interesting Facts About Yulia Stupak: She Starred in a Movie
Julia missed the 2019/20 season due to the birth of a child, but she tried her skills at cinema. During the filming of the movie “White Snow” about the three-time Olympic champion Elena Vyalba, Stupak was an understudy for actress Olga Lerman, who played the main role. The athlete of the Russian national team is present in the frame in the ski episodes. At the time of filming, only two months had passed after giving birth, but Vyalbe did not consider another candidate: “Elena Valerievna told me right away that she simply does not see anyone else in this capacity”.
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