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Galina Vinogradova - the fast Siberian

The Russian had an rollercoaster-season, with gold in the World Games and overclassing Venla-run on the one side, and disappointing WOC-sprint on the other. Her husband and coach, Mikhail, is leading Sports scientist in Siberia, which brings Galina's performance to another level.

The Scandinavian and West-European O-stars are well followed by the international O-press. The best orienteers from the ex-Eastern Bloc don't get the same attention, and their stories are often untold for the international orienteering community.

Barnaul, Siberia
Galina Vladimirovna Vinogradova (nèe Galkina) is born in 1979, and is member of the Russian national team. She is one of the strongest Russian relay-runners, with silver medal in last year's WOC, another silver from JWOC'98, and a gold medal from the World Games' relay this year.

Galina lives in Barnaul, Siberia, together with her coach and husband Mikhail, and their 2 years old daughter - Anna. "The terrain around is poor technically, and the maps are really old!" - Vinogradova says for Orienteering.is

"I'm proffesional millitary athlete" - Galina says. "My work includes training and competitions only. In addition I work a little bit with student-athletes." - she explains.

But the situation in Russia is far from easy: "There isn't enough money." - Vinogradova says. "There aren't enough money in the Russian O-Federation, the athletes need to pay WOC and EOC by themselves"

"The best moments of the 2009-season are the WG gold medal, team gold meal from Millitary WOC and great second leg in Venla" - Galina evaluates. She got the best leg time in Venla, beating the second best runner with more than 2 minutes.

"Great disappointment was the sprint at WOC. I had a very good splittimes, but mistake on the second control led to bad place without a medal" - Vinogradova explains.

Vinogradova on the move. Photo: Jan Kocbach / WorldOfO


Her preparation was mainly at home. "I was on a camp in Kislovodsk (North Caucasian region of Russia) in Desember last year, then I took part in series of Scandinavian competitions (Spring Cup, 10mila) in April" - Galina tells us. "My club, Angelniemen Ankkuri (FIN) helps with organizing training camps in Scandinavia. This help is very valuable for me." - she says.

And back to the reallity: "Unfortunately, there are no possibilities to organize training camps in rellevant terrains with the Russian Orienteering Federation" - Galina says.

"The main goal for the next season is to do some "violent orienteering" at EOC, especially in the sprint - my favourite discipline" - Vinogradova explains her vision. "Probably I will also take part in the Scandinavian World Cup-tour in June."

Hard work and researching
Galina's coaching team is impressing. Her husband is responsible for the physical training and recovery program, and she got help with her technical skills from Vyacheslav Kostilyev from Moscow (Tanya Ryabkina's coach).

"My training program has harmonized technical and physical goals" - Vinogradova explains. Her husband is scientist at the Altai University in Barnaul.

"Mikhail's coach approach is based on modern scientific research in sport physiology and biochemistry." - Galina explains. "We are using a lot of modern equipment and biochemical analysis to evaluate training progress."

She tells us that her husband uses also a set of simulation computer models to calculate training plan which lead to peak performance in necessary time. This gives some benefits in compare to the traditional approaches. Mikhail's research on training has yet deserved two national awards in Russia, and leading from Galina's results - his methods are working well!


Galina Vinogradova on Wikipedia