Kristina Šmigun-Vähi

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Kristina Šmigun-Vähi
Kristina Smigun Otepaa MK.JPG
Kristina Šmigun in Otepää in 2006
Born (1977-02-23) 23 February 1977 (age 43)
Tartu, Estonia
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Ski clubOti Sportclub
World Cup career
Seasons 19932007, 2010
Individual wins16
Indiv. podiums50
Team podiums0
Indiv. starts179
Team starts20
Overall titles0 – (2nd in 2000 and 2003)
Discipline titles2 – (1 LD, 1 MD)
Updated on 27 January 2019.

Kristina Šmigun-Vähi (born 23 February 1977) is a former Estonian female cross-country skier and politician. She is the most successful Estonian female cross-country skier with two Olympic gold medals. In 2019 she was elected as a Member of the Estonian Parliament. [1]

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Career

On 12 February 2006, she won the Winter Olympics gold medal for the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, becoming the first Estonian woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. Four days later, she won a second gold medal in the 10 km classical.

On 15 February 2010, she won her third Olympic medal, a silver in the 10 km freestyle race. With two golds and one silver, Šmigun-Vähi is the most successful Estonian athlete in Olympic history (summer or winter), tying the record of men's cross-country skier Andrus Veerpalu.

Šmigun-Vähi has also found success at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, earning six medals. This included one gold (2003: 5 km + 5 km double pursuit), three silvers (1999: 15 km, 2003: 10 km, 15 km), and two bronzes (1999, 2003: both in 30 km).

On 2 July 2010, Šmigun-Vähi announced that she will quit her professional sport career to focus on her family and her daughter Victoria-Kris. On 24 October 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency Athletes' Commission stated that Šmigun-Vähi faced a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing before the end of October. [2]

Personal life

She is the daughter of former cross-country skiers Rutt and Anatoli Šmigun. Her sister Katrin Šmigun and cousin Aivar Rehemaa were also cross-country skiers.

Šmigun-Vähi is married to her long-time manager Kristjan-Thor Vähi, She missed the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons due to pregnancy. She has two children, daughter born in 2008 and son born in 2011. [3]

Cross-country skiing results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS). [4]

Olympic Games

 Year  Age  5 km 10 km 15 km Pursuit 30 km  Sprint  4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1994 17 30 N/A 28 27 N/A N/A
1998 21 N/A 46 N/A N/A
2002 25N/A DNF 7 13 7 25 N/A
2006 29N/A Gold N/A Gold 8
2010 33N/A Silver N/A DNF 27

World Championships

 Year  Age  5 km  10 km  15 km Pursuit 30 km Sprint  4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
1995 185N/A20N/AN/A
1997 2028N/A89N/AN/A
1999 229N/ASilver6BronzeN/AN/A
2001 24N/A1241CNX [a] 19N/A
2003 26N/ASilverSilverGoldBronzeN/A
2005 28N/A4N/ADNF14 13
2007 30N/A 9 N/A10615
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World Cup

Kristina Smigun and Katerina Neumannova in 2006 Smigun and Neumannova 2006.jpg
Kristina Šmigun and Kateřina Neumannová in 2006

Season titles

  • 2 titles – (1 long distance, 1 middle distance)
Season
Discipline
1999 Long Distance
2000  Middle Distance 

Season standings

 Season  Age Discipline standingsSki Tour standings
OverallDistanceLong DistanceMiddle DistanceSprintTour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
1993 16NCN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1994 1760N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1995 1829N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1996 1917N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1997 2013N/A21N/A15N/AN/A
1998 2119N/A15N/A27N/AN/A
1999 224N/AGold medal icon.svgN/ABronze medal icon.svgN/AN/A
2000 23Silver medal icon.svgN/ASilver medal icon.svgGold medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgN/AN/A
2001 2410N/AN/AN/A23N/AN/A
2002 254N/AN/AN/A24N/AN/A
2003 26Silver medal icon.svgN/AN/AN/A41N/AN/A
2004 275Bronze medal icon.svgN/AN/A47N/AN/A
2005 284Bronze medal icon.svgN/AN/A70N/AN/A
2006 291711N/AN/A38N/AN/A
2007 30115N/AN/ANCDNFN/A
2010 333222N/AN/A846

Individual podiums

  • 16 victories – (16 WC)
  • 50 podiums – (49 WC, 1 SWC)
No.SeasonDateLocationRaceLevelPlace
1 1998–99 27 December 1998 Flag of Germany.svg Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany1.0 km Sprint FWorld Cup2nd
25 January 1999 Flag of Estonia.svg Otepää, Estonia10 km C IndividualWorld Cup3rd
312 January 1999 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic15 km F Mass StartWorld Cup1st
419 February 1999 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria15 km F Mass StartWorld Championships [1] 2nd
527 February 1999 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria30 km C Mass StartWorld Championships [1] 3rd
620 March 1999 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway30 km F Mass StartWorld Cup3rd
7 1999–2000 5 December 1999 Flag of Sweden.svg Kiruna, Sweden5 km C IndividualWorld Cup3rd
810 December 1999 Flag of Italy.svg Sappada, Italy10 km F IndividualWorld Cup1st
928 December 1999 Flag of Germany.svg Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany1.5 km F SprintWorld Cup1st
108 January 2000 Flag of Russia.svg Moscow, Russia15 km F Mass StartWorld Cup2nd
1112 January 2000 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic15 km F Mass StartWorld Cup2nd
1216 February 2000  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Ulrichen, Switzerland5 km C IndividualWorld Cup1st
1320 February 2000 Flag of France.svg Lamoura Mouthe, France44 km F Mass StartWorld Cup2nd
143 March 2000 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland1.2 km Sprint FWorld Cup1st
15 2000–01 29 November 2000 Flag of Norway.svg Beitostølen, Norway5 km F IndividualWorld Cup3rd
1620 December 2000  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Davos, Switzerland15 km C Mass StartWorld Cup3rd
17 2001–02 25 November 2001 Flag of Finland.svg Kuopio, Finland5 km F IndividualWorld Cup3rd
1812 December 2001 Flag of Italy.svg Brusson, Italy10 km F IndividualWorld Cup3rd
1915 December 2001  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Davos, Switzerland10 km C IndividualWorld Cup2nd
2022 December 2001 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria15 km F Mass StartWorld Cup1st
212 March 2002 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland10 km F IndividualWorld Cup1st
2216 March 2002 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway30 km F Mass StartWorld Cup2nd
23 2002–03 23 November 2002 Flag of Sweden.svg Kiruna, Sweden5 km F IndividualWorld Cup1st
2430 November 2002 Flag of Finland.svg Kuusamo, Finland10 km C IndividualWorld Cup2nd
257 December 2002  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Davos, Switzerland10 km F IndividualWorld Cup2nd
2614 December 2002 Flag of Italy.svg Cogne, Italy10 km C Mass StartWorld Cup2nd
2721 December 2002 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria5 km + 5 km C/F PursuitWorld Cup3rd
284 January 2003 Flag of Russia.svg Kavgolovo, Russia5 km F IndividualWorld Cup1st
2912 January 2003 Flag of Estonia.svg Otepää, Estonia15 km C Mass StartWorld Cup2nd
3018 January 2003 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nové Město, Czech Republic10 km F IndividualWorld Cup3rd
31 2003–04 22 November 2003 Flag of Norway.svg Beitostølen, Norway10 km F IndividualWorld Cup1st
3228 November 2003 Flag of Finland.svg Kuusamo, Finland10 km C IndividualWorld Cup2nd
3329 November 2003 Flag of Finland.svg Kuusamo, Finland7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F PursuitWorld Cup1st
346 December 2003 Flag of Italy.svg Toblach, Italy15 km F Mass StartWorld Cup1st
3520 December 2003 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria10 km F IndividualWorld Cup3rd
3621 December 2003 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F PursuitWorld Cup1st
376 January 2004 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F PursuitWorld Cup3rd
3810 January 2004 Flag of Estonia.svg Otepää, Estonia15 km C Mass StartWorld Cup2nd
39 2004–05 20 November 2004 Flag of Sweden.svg Gällivare, Sweden10 km C IndividualWorld Cup2nd
4026 November 2004 Flag of Finland.svg Kuusamo, Finland10 km F IndividualWorld Cup2nd
4128 November 2004 Flag of Finland.svg Kuusamo, Finland10 km C IndividualWorld Cup1st
4211 December 2004 Flag of Italy.svg Lago di Tesero, Italy7.5 km + 7.5 km C/F PursuitWorld Cup2nd
4318 December 2004 Flag of Austria.svg Ramsau, Austria15 km F Mass StartWorld Cup1st
44 2005–06 27 November 2005 Flag of Finland.svg Kuusamo, Finland10 km F IndividualWorld Cup3rd
457 January 2006 Flag of Estonia.svg Otepää, Estonia10 km C IndividualWorld Cup2nd
46 2006–07 18 November 2006 Flag of Sweden.svg Gällivare, Sweden10 km F IndividualWorld Cup2nd
4726 November 2006 Flag of Finland.svg Kuusamo, Finland10 km C IndividualWorld Cup3rd
4811 March 2007 Flag of Finland.svg Lahti, Finland10 km C IndividualWorld Cup1st
49 2009–10 12 December 2009  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Davos, Switzerland10 km F IndividualWorld Cup3rd
5021 March 2010 Flag of Sweden.svg Falun, Sweden10 km F PursuitStage World Cup3rd

Note:1 Until the 1999 World Championships, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

Overall record

ResultDistance Races [a] SprintSki
Tours
Individual
Events
  Team Events [5] All
Events
≤ 5 km [b] ≤ 10 km [b] ≤ 15 km [b] ≤ 30 km [b] ≥ 30 km [b] Pursuit [c] Team Sprint  Relay [d]
1st place354221616
2nd place9511111818
3rd place381221616
Podiums6221031535050
Top 1016461871138111012122
Points2757279219221164119184
Others221499
DNF111
Starts2959279220262174119194
a. 1 Classification is made according to FIS classification.
b. 1 2 3 4 5 Includes individual and mass start races.
c. 1 Includes pursuit and double pursuit races.
d. 1 May be incomplete due to lack of appropriate sources for some relay races prior to 1995/96 World Cup season.

Note: Until 1999 World Championships and 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were part of the World Cup. Hence results from those races are included in the World Cup overall record.

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Awards
Preceded by
Erika Salumäe
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Jane Salumäe
Preceded by
Jane Salumäe
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
19992000
Succeeded by
Heidi Rohi
Preceded by
Heidi Rohi
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
20022004
Succeeded by
Maarika Võsu
Preceded by
Maarika Võsu
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Irina Embrich
Preceded by
Ksenija Balta
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
Triin Aljand