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IOVLEVA Maria
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Neutral Paralympic Athletes   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthVuktyl, URS
Height1.50 m
Weight 35 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Syktyvkar, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age 10 in Syktyvkar, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
A coach noticed her in the boarding school where she lived and started working with her.
Club / Team
Komi Republic Sports Centre for the Disabled: Syktyvkar, RUS
Name of coach
Tatiana Lindt [personal], RUS; Irina Gromova [national], RUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Russia
Location
Lillehammer, NOR
General Interest
Nicknames
Masha (VK profile, 15 Dec 2017)
Hobbies
Knitting, embroidery, painting, shopping. (ria.ru, 07 Mar 2014; sochi2014.com, 02 Nov 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals and one silver medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 11 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her coaches. (Athlete, 11 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Faster. Higher. Stronger." (Athlete, 11 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
For her performance at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, she was decorated with the Order of Honour by the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Mar 2010)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (bnkomi.ru, 15 Dec 2014)
Impairment
She was born with an impairment to her legs, and also has a hearing impairment. (bmsi.ru, 01 Dec 2011; Athlete, 11 Mar 2018)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
Her biological parents gave her up soon after birth, and she grew up in an orphanage. (igryolimpa.ru, 12 Apr 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
1 2010 10km Individual - Sitting 37:46.6
8 2014 6km Sprint - Sitting 20:25.1
  2014 10km Middle - Sitting  DSQ
7 2018 12.5km Individual - Sitting 52:12.2
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 10km - Sitting 33:29.8
7 2010 5km - Sitting 15:47.8
1 2010 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 20:23.2
9 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
Semifinals 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 3:03.9
8 2014 5km - Sitting 17:36.8
7 2018 12km - Sitting 40:54.7
6 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:19.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008/2009 3km Pursuit - Sitting  
1 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 12:06.6
6 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 24:19.4
  2010/2011 10km Individual - Sitting  DNS
  2012/2013 6km Sprint - Sitting  DSQ
2 2012/2013 10km Middle - Sitting 38:20.4
  2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Sitting  DNS
4 2014/2015 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:52.0
1 2014/2015 10km Middle - Sitting 38:23.6
7 2014/2015 12.5km Individual - Sitting 50:56.3
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 38:04.8
5 2008/2009 5km - Sitting LW10-12 18:55.2
8 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
4 2010/2011 5km - Sitting 14:05.4
2 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
1 2010/2011 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 19:48.4
1 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
5 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 40:52.6
1 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:44.1
  2012/2013 5km - Sitting  DNS
  2014/2015 12km - Sitting  DNF
8 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
6 2014/2015 5km - Sitting 16:33.2