Beijing, 14 February 2022 (TDI): ROC women’s cross-country relay team won their first gold in the 4×5 km relay at Beijing Winter Olympics. Germany has secured second while Sweden finished third. The event took place on 12 February 2022.

Russian President Congratulated ROC Women’s Team

On this occasion, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, extended congratulations to ROC women’s cross country team. In brief, the team includes Yulia Stupak, Natalya Nepryayeva, Tatyana Sorina and Veronika Stepanova.

Yulia Stupak- Athlete Profile

Yulia Stupak was born in Komi on 21 January 1995. She is 27 years old and likes cooking and reading. Her previous names are Sergeyevna and Belorukova. She got a coaching degree from the Smolensk Institute of Physical Education.

In particular, the name of her coach is Markus Cramer. However, she started practicing skiing at the age of six. But she became part of the national team in 2013. Her debut match was the 2014 world cup in Lahti.

Memorable Event of Life

The memorable event of her life was when she won the Sprint bronze medal at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games 2018. She is also honored as Master of Sport of Russia. Yulia considers her husband as her hero.

• Olympic Winter Games

In 2018, Yulia won two bronze medals at PyeongChang. Thereafter, she won second bronze in the 4x5km relay.

• World Championships

Yulia is a four-time medalist at the Junior World Championship. She has also participated in two U23 World Championships from 2016-18.

• World Cup

Yulia got her first win at Ruka in 2018. She then scored a World Cup win at the Tour de Ski 2020/21 where she got the second position. Finally, she won in Engadin in March 2021.

She has one team World Cup Victory. Also, she scored second in the 2020/21 World Cup ranking third place in the distance World Cup.

Natalia NEPRYAEVA- Athlete Profile

Natalia Nepryaeva was born in Tver on 6 September 1995. Her previous name was Mikhaylovna and her hobbies include studying and using social media. Meanwhile, she got her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Tver State University.

She then did a Master’s degree from the Smolensk State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. Currently, she is pursuing postgraduate studies at the Tver State University in Education and Pedagogical Sciences.

Her national coach was Yuri Borodavko. And, her debut match was the 2014 World Cup in Lahti. She became part of the national team in 2016. It is pertinent to note that she started skiing at the age of seven. Her ambition is to win Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

Memorable Event

The memorable event of her life is when she won a bronze medal in the 4x5km relay at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

In addition, she won a medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland in 2018. She is also serving as President of the Cross-country Skiing Federation of the Tver region.

• Olympic Winter Games

She scored a silver medal in the Skiathlon at Beijing Winter Olympics. Subsequently, She is also a member of the bronze-winning 4x5km relay team at PyeongChang 2018.

• World Championships

She is a three-time World Champion medalist and also has three Junior World Championships. At the U23 World Championships, she became a double medalist.

• World Cup

She scored second place at Tour de Ski 2019-2020. Above all, she has three individual World Cup victories and podium results.

Tatiana SORINA- Athlete Profile

Tatiana Sorina was born in Krasnoturyinsk on 13 April 1994. Her previous name was Andreyevna. Besides, she has got a higher physical education degree. Her debut game was World Cup in Drammen in 2017. Also, she became part of the national team in 2018.

At the age of seven, she started practicing skiing. She is coached by her husband Egor. They are also called a glamorous couple of ski sports.

Memorable event

The unforgettable event of her life was the World Championships relay silver medal at Oberstdorf in 2021. Furthermore, she also joined Norwegians’ training to learn from world-class trainers. In this context, she has also done training with her idol Theresa Johaug in Italy in 2021.


She made her debut at World Championships at Oberstdorf 2021. She has also competed at two U23 World Championships. Most importantly, she secured second place at Ruka Triple Women in 2021 and finished World Cup 2020/21.

Veronika Stepanova- Athlete Profile

Veronika Stepanova was born in Yelizovo on 4th January 2001. Her nickname is Nika and her previous name was Sergeevna. Her hobbies include Basketball, Alpine skiing, and playing the ukulele.

At the moment, she is studying Ecology and Environmental Management at the Kamchatka State Technical University. Her national coaches are Egor Sorin and Petr Yakovlev.

At the age of seven, she started skiing and she became part of the national team in 2021. She loves racing and desires to win more medals.

Memorable Event

Most importantly, she won gold in the 5km at the Junior World Championships (2020-21). Another memorable event of her life includes when she was listed among the top-30 in the World Cup race.


In 2019-21, she competed at three Junior World Championships. For the first time, she was among the top ten in Davos, 2021.