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Marta Zaynullina

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Daughter Zainullina Ayla
Kazan, RUS
Higher education
Socioeconomics - Tatar State Humanitarian Pedagogical University: Kazan, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para cross-country skiing at age 18 in Kazan, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to train seriously by Russian Para cross-country skier Irina Polyakova, who became her coach. In 2010 she was invited to join the Russian national team.
Club / Team
Kazan Centre of Sports Preparation: Russia
Name of coach
Vladimir Malinsky [personal], RUS, from 2014

International debut

Competing for
World Cup

General interest

Reading, cooking, spending time with her daughter. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018, 14 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the 1km sprint - sitting at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [second grade] in Russian Federation, in recognition of her performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 17 Mar 2014)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russian Federation. (, 25 Mar 2014)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
At age 14 doctors discovered a cancerous tumour in her hip, which eventually led to the amputation of her leg above the knee. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018;, 07 Mar 2012)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Sprint - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-25 8
Women's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 9999
Women's Short Distance Sitting Final 2013-02-28 3
Women's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-01 5
Women's Long Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-03 2
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 4
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 5
Women's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-11 6
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Final Round 2014-03-12 3
Women's 12.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 4
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 4
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Short Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-24 2
Women's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting Race 1 2015-01-25 2
Women's Middle Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-27 3
Women's Sprint - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-28 4
Women's Long Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-30 1
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-31 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 7
Women's 12km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 4
Women's 10km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 2
Women's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 3
Women's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 6
Women's 5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 3
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 6