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KAUFMAN Alena
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para Triathlon
NPC Russia   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthSverdlovsk, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Karina, son Vladimir
Other names
Alena Gorbunova
Residence
St. Petersburg, RUS
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Ural State University of Physical Education : Yekaterinburg, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training at age 16 in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She liked skiing with her parents since childhood, and began training professionally while at school.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Val di Fiemme, ITA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 19 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
For her achievements at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, she received the Orders for Merits to the Fatherland [second and fourth grades] of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 17 Mar 2014; fontanka.ru, 26 Mar 2010)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (rezeptsport.ru, 25 Mar 2014)
Other sports
She has represented Russian Federation in Para Triathlon, and won bronze at the 2013 European Championships in Alanya, Turkey. (ekburg.ru, 11 Feb 2014)
Impairment
She was born with a weakened left hand. (itar-tass.com, 13 Mar 2014; e1.ru, 12 Mar 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from the sport after the 2015 World Championships in Cable, WI, United States of America. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2018)

MATERNITY BREAK
During her pregnancy she took part of the 2010/11 season off. (allsportinfo.ru, 01 Apr 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 6km Sprint - Standing 19:01.4
1 2014 10km Middle - Standing 30:52.7
2 2014 12.5km Individual - Standing 40:46.1
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 15km Classic Style - Standing 57:18.9
3 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:31.7
1 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 27:35.6 
4 2014 5km Freestyle - Standing 14:16.7
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
10 2012/2013 6km Sprint - Standing 22:33.5
9 2012/2013 10km Middle - Standing 36:34.5
9 2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Standing 45:40.8
8 2014/2015 6km Sprint - Standing 20:48.9
7 2014/2015 10km Middle - Standing 37:00.5
7 2014/2015 12.5km Individual - Standing 46:40.1
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Standing  
  2014/2015 5km - Standing  DNS
European Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 TRI-4 1:18:05