The Queen of The King

Six-times Olympic medalist is the most successful and most decorated Olympian of either the winter or summer games to compete under Belarus as an independent nation.

The most surprising and intimately most probably ‘the dearest to her heart win’ of her grand career came when biathlon competitions at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 were coming to an end with a lot of national pride at stake at both, men’s and women’s relay. And then Belarus women team did what nobody expected of them: with all eyes on favourited Germany, Italy, France and Norway they skied and shot below the radar, simply being excellent, simply being the best on another highly unpredictable but glorious winter night in South Korea. Better still was the fact that her personal coaching advisor in PyeongChang was the great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen whom she married in July 2016 and that she extended her olympic glory after giving birth to her daughter Xenia on 1 October 2016. Silver medal in mass start in PyeongChang just strengthened that feeling. Domracheva started her sports career with cross-country skiing in 1992 before switching to biathlon in 1999. Although born in Minsk she originally represented Russia (her mother worked as the chief architect for the new city of Nyagan in Russia) at youth level but received an offer to compete for Belarus in 2004. Her breakthrough in the BMW IBU World Cup came during the 2008/2009 season when she finished second in sprint in Antholz - Anterselva and third in pursuit in Antholz - Anterselva and sprint in Ruhpolding, posting her first ‘Top 10’ finish in BMW IBU World Cup Overall Rankings with seventh place. At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, she won the bronze medal in the Women's 15 kilometre individual race at the Whistler Olympic Park venue. Later in the same season, on 13 March, she won her first World Cup race in the sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland. The next day she also won the pursuit.Domracheva was named Belarus' Female Athlete of the Year in 2010, and was also given the title of Honoured Master of Sport that year. She is to this dat courted like a proper sports queen wherever she goes in Belarus and rightly so. Her progress sky-rocketed after the Vancouver Olympics, winning 10 world cup races between the 2011-2013 seasons, as well as becoming the world champion in the pursuit in 2012, and the mass start in 2013.In 2014 Domracheva was given the Hero of Belarus medal, after winning gold medals in individual, pursuit and mass start at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In August 2015, Domracheva decided to skip the 2015–16 World Cup season due to mononucleosis which was diagnosed in July. After a problem with mononucleosis and pregnancy, Domracheva returned to the World Cup in January 2017 for the 2016–17 season. Her comeback ended up being successful, winning a silver medal at the 2017 world championships in the individual pursuit in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Domracheva finished her career as Belarus’ most decorated winter Olympian, and most decorated Olympian of either the winter or summer games to compete under Belarus as an independent nation; gymnasts Olga Korbut and Vitaly Scherbo both have more medals, but Korbut competed for the Soviets and Scherbo only received 4 of his medals for Belarus; his remaining medals were won under the Unified Team. She announced her retirement on 25 June 2018 by saying: “I tried to find a compromise that would allow me to raise a child and combine it with a sports career. Unfortunately, I did not find the optimal solution. This is a deliberate and difficult decision, but I am completing my sports career. My time in this great sport will remain unforgettable.”

Participated in

  • Olympic Winter Games Medals (6)
  • Gold (4): Individual Sochi 2014, Pursuit Sochi 2014, Mass Start Sochi 2014; Relay PyeongChang 2018.
  • Silver (1): Mass Start PyeongChang 2018.
  • Bronze (1): Individual Vancouver 2010.

  • IBU World Championships Medals (7)
  • Gold (2): Pursuit Ruhpolding 2012; Mass Start Nove Mesto 2013.
  • Silver (4): Mixed Relay Oestersund 2008; Mass Start Khanty - Mansiysk 2011; Sprint Ruhpolding 2012; Pursuit Hochfilzen 2017.
  • Bronze (1): Relay Khanty .

  • BMW IBU World Cup Individual Titles - Sprint (1): 2014/2015
  • BMW IBU World Cup Individual Titles - Pursuit (1): 2011/2012
  • BMW IBU World Cup Individual Titles - Mass Start (3): 2010/2011; 2011/2012; 2014/2015

  • Sprint (9): Kontiolahti 2009/2010; Hochfilzen 2012/2013; Oberhof 2013/2014, Oslo - Holmenkollen 2013/2014; Antholz - Anterselva 2014/2015, Oslo - Holmenkollen 2014/2015; Hochfilzen 2017/2018, Kontiolahti 2017/2018, Tyumen 2017/2018.
  • Pursuit (10): Kontio.