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GORBOUNOVA Margarita
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age34
Place of BirthLeningrad, URS
Height1.63 m
Weight 61 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Andrea Bundon
Further Personal Information
Residence
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Occupation
Translator
Languages
French, Russian, English
Higher education
Translation/interpretation - University of Ottawa: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Her father taught her to ski at age seven in St. Petersburg, Russia. She stopped skiing for six years while she lived in Toronto, ON, Canada, until she began training and competing again in 2005.
Why this sport?
She became interested in skiing because of her mother.
Club / Team
Kanata Nordic: Ottawa, ON, CAN
Name of coach
Robin McKeever [national], CAN; Kaspar Wirz [national]
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Rita (canadianathletesnow.ca, 01 Jan 2009)
Hobbies
Cross-country skiing, horse riding, reading, travelling, languages, being outdoors. (paralympic.ca, 11 Feb 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Be the best that you can be." (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Other sports
She has competed in para-cross country skiing and biathlon. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Feb 2014)
Famous relatives
Her mother Olga Nazarenko won gold and silver medals in para-Nordic skiing at the 1992 Paralympic Winter Games in Albertville. Her father Mikhail Gorbounov won gold and silver medals in para-athletics at the European championships. (cccski.com, 15 Mar 2011; paralympic.ca, 01 Mar 2010)
Impairment
She has aphakia, resulting in almost complete visual impairment. Both her parents are also visually impaired. (yourottawaregion.com, 26 Apr 2009)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She is a French-English translator for the Canadian government. (ca.sports.yahoo.com, 06 Mar 2014)

FROM RUSSIA TO CANADA
She moved with her family from St. Petersburg, Russia to Canada in 1999. Initially settling in Toronto in Ontario, the family moved to Ottawa in 2005. (paralympic.ca, 01 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
11 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired 16:11.2
7 2014 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 26:17.8
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 10:01:59.1
12 2010 5km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 20:16.5
9 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
4 2014 15km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 1:04:43.9
7 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 5:14.58
  2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed DNF
8 2014 5km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 15:42.2