Sunday, May 27, 2012

Alena Zavarzina Алёна Игоревна Заварзина (RUS, Snowboarding)

Alena Zavarzina Алёна Игоревна Заварзина is a world-class snowboarder. She is at the forefront of the gradual rise of Russia in the exciting discipline. The Russian won gold at the 2011 FIS Snowboarding World Championship, topping the parallel giant slalom competition. She improved considerably from her performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where she finished in 17th place.

 Photo from Wikimedia

  The 22-year old Alena, despite her youth, is an experienced competitor. Since her World Cup debut in 2006, the Russian has had 31 starts in the top notch competition. Zavarzina has reached the World Cup podium four times, since her 2009 victory in Telluride, Colorado. 

Alena was only the second Russian to win a World Championship title. After her landmark victory in January 2011, however, Zavarzina succumbed to a knee injury. It took months for the Russian to recover, but she eventually made a return to World Cup competition in October 2011, notching a respectable 12th place in the parallel slalom in Landgraaf.

At the vanguard of her nation's snowboarding hopes, Zavarzina will still be only 25-years old when the Winter Olympics comes to Sochi, Russia in 2014.

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