Maria hails from the City of Perm, near the Ural Mountains in Russia. She got an early introduction into the world of sports having participated in swimming and badminton before setting her sights on cross country skiing by the the time she was 10. Maria was a member of Russia’s junior national cross country ski team (competed at the World Junior Championships for cross country skiing) before ultimately committing to biathlon.
Active biathlete from 2007 to 2018, competing for the Senior National Teams of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. During her competitive career Maria also coached at her hometown club in the off season working with the young athletes as well as instructing youth aged athletes remotely and at training camps.
Maria holds a degree in Economics from Perm State Technical University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Tyumen State University in Russia.
Maria is a World University Games Champion (2011 Erzurum, Turkey), Junior European Champion (2008 Nove Mesto, Czech Republic), an IBU Cup and World Cup medalist and an Olympian (Sochi 2014).
Maria is married to her husband Aleksei. They are raising two children, daughter Sasha and son Fyodor.
Each year at our AGM, the Calgary Biathlon Racers club membership elects a new executive board.