Daria Gaiazova

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Date of Birth: December 24, 1983
Place of Birth: Moscow, Russia
Hometown: Banff, Alberta
Club: Club Nordique Mont-Ste-Anne
Development Centre: CNEPH
Coach: Louis Bouchard
Wax Technician: Sacha Bergeron & Joel Jaques
Years on Senior Team: 14
Years on Junior Team: 1
Website: www.skidash.ca
Equipment:
Skis: Rossignol
Poles: Swix
Boots/Bindings: Rossignol

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Background

National Ski Team Background:
A 2010 Olympian, Daria has developed into one of the top cross-country ski racers in the country. She captured her first World Cup medal three years ago when she and Chandra Crawford won the bronze at a World Cup team sprint in Dusseldorf, Germany, and found her way back onto the World Cup podium in 2013 with teammate, Perianne Jones, on the 2014 Olympic course at the World Cup in Sochi, Russia. Daria has progressed her way through the Canadian system. She was first recognized as a member of the National Ski Team in 2002 when she earned a spot on the World Junior Team, but was unable to attend as she was still waiting to receive her Canadian citizenship. Since 2003, Daria has qualified for four Canadian teams that have competed at the World Ski Championships: World Junior Team, World Under-23 Team, and World Ski Championship Team. Daria is now focused on representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in her native country of Russia – which would be equally as special as competing in Vancouver 2010.
 
Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
Daria began skiing in her native country of Russia at the age of 12. When her family moved to Montreal in 1999, Daria joined SkiElite Club, and was coached by Luc Germain, and assistant coach Pierre Brabant. Unlike so many of her teammates, Daria does not come from a sport-oriented family, however, she was attracted to cross-country skiing by the social aspect of the sport following her circle of friends into the ski world. It was these meaningful friendships that have kept her committed to the training and pursuit of excellence in cross-country skiing.
 
Personal:
When not travelling the World Cup circuit, Daria uses her time at home in Banff, Alta. to volunteer weekly with the Seniors Walking Program, and actively participates in KidSport fundraising and athletic programs as an Olympic Athlete Ambassador. Daria also works closely with kids in Banff during the school year with after-school sports programs. In her spare time, Daria enjoys learning how to Telemark ski at Norquay.
 
Daria holds a B.Sc. from Waterloo University, and is currently two-thirds through a B.Comm degree from McGill University. In 2010, she completed the Dale Carnegie Communications program in Calgary. Daria speaks English, French and Russian. Her current goal is to learn how to speak Spanish.
 
Daria has Celiac’s disease.

Notable Results

2010 Olympian
2013 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 3 (Team Sprint C)
2013 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 12 (Sprint C)
2013 – World Cup, La Clusaz, FRA: 11 (Team Sprint F)
2013 – World Cup, Liberec, CZE: 4 (Sprint C)
2013 – World Cup, Kuusamo, FIN: 14 (Sprint C)
2011 – World Championships, Oslo, NOR: 6 (Team Sprint)
2010 – World Cup, Dusseldorf, GER: 3 (Team Sprint)
2004 - World Under-23 Championships, Soldier Hollow: 3 (Team Sprint)

Full Results

Olympic Results:
2010 – Olympic Winter Games, Whistler, B.C.: 22 (Sprint C)
2010 – Olympic Winter Games, Whistler, B.C.: 7 (Team Sprint)
2010 – Olympic Winter Games, Whistler, B.C.: 16 (4x5km Relay)
 
World Championship Results:
2013 – World Championships, Val di Fiemme, ITA: 13 (Team Sprint F)
2013 – World Championships, Val di Fiemme, ITA: 42 (Sprint C)
2013 – World Championships, Val di Fiemme, ITA: 40 (10km F)
2011 – World Championships, Oslo, NOR: 14 (4x5km Relay)
2011 – World Championships, Oslo, NOR: 6 (Team Sprint C)
2011 – World Championships, Oslo, NOR: 20 (Sprint F)
2009 – World Ski Championships, Liberec, CZE: 29 (Sprint F)
2006 – Under-23 World Championships, Medvode, SVK: 5 (Sprint)
2006 – Under-23 World Championships, Medvode, SVK: 5 (Pursuit)
 
World Cup Results:
2013 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 3 (Team Sprint C)
2013 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 12 (Sprint C)
2013 – World Cup, La Clusaz, FRA: 11 (Team Sprint F)
2013 – World Cup, Liberec, CZE: 4 (Sprint C)
2013 – World Cup, Kuusamo, FIN: 14 (Sprint C)
2012 – World Cup, Drammen, NOR: 8 (Sprint C)
2012 – World Cup, Rogla, SLO: 9 (Sprint F)
2012 – World Cup, Kuusamo, FIN: 14 (Sprint C)
2011 – World Cup, Otepaa, EST: 8 (Sprint C)
2011 – World Cup, Liberec, CZE: 5 (Team Sprint C)
2011 – World Cup, Liberec, CZE: 14 (Sprint F)
2010 – World Cup, Dusseldorf, GER: 3 (Team Sprint)
2010 – World Cup, Canmore, Alta.: 12 (Sprint)
2010 – World Cup, Otepaa, EST: 12 (Sprint)
 
Tour de Ski:
2007 – Tour de Ski, Asiago, Italy : 54 (Sprint)
2007 – Tour de Ski, Oberstdorf, Germany : 46 (10km)
2007 – Tour de Ski, Oberstdorf, Germany : 44 (Pursuit)
2006 – Tour de Ski, Muenchen, Germany : 46 (Sprint)

National Results:
2013 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Whistler, B.C.: 1 (Sprint C)
2013 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Whistler, B.C.: 1 (10km C)
2012 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Mont Ste Anne, Que.: 2
2011 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Canmore, Alta.: 2 (30km F Mst)
2011 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Canmore, Alta.: 1 (Sprint C)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 2 (10km F)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Thudner Bay, Ont.: 1 (Sprint C)
2011 – Haywood NorAm, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1 (15km M Pursuit)
2007 – Nor-Am Cup, Canmore, Alberta : 3 (Sprint)
2007 – Nor-Am Cup, Canmore, Alberta : 5 (Sprint)

2005-06 Results:
2006 – World Cup, Kuusamo, Finland : 61 (10km)
2006 – World Cup, Kuusamo, Finland: 62 (Sprint)
2006 – World Cup, Gaellivare, Sweden: 71 (10km)
2006 – FIS Race, Saariselkae, Finland : 18 (10km)
2006 – FIS Race, Saariselkae, Finalnd : 10 (Sprint)
2006 – FIS Race, Saariselkae, Finland : 6 (Sprint)
2006 – U.S. National Championships: 1 (team sprint)
2006 – U.S. National Championships: 1 (5-km skate)
2006 – U.S. National Championships: 2 (sprint)
2006 – Haywood NorAm, Quebec: 1 (10-km classic)
2006 – National Championships, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1 (sprint)
2006 – National Championships, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1 (10 km)
2006 – National Championships, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1 (5-km open)
2006 – Under-23 World Championships, Medvode, Slovakia: 6 (10-km classic)
2006 – Under-23 World Championships, Medvode, Slovakia: 5 (sprint)
2006 – Under-23 World Championships, Medvode, Slovakia: 5 (pursuit)
2005 – World Cup, Canmore, Alta.: 12 (team sprint)
2005 – World Cup, Canmore, Alta.: 38 (15-km classic)
2005 – World Cup, Canmore, Alta.: 37 (10-km skate)
2005 – World Cup, Vernon, B.C.: 36 (pursuit)
2005 – Haywood NorAm, Vernon, B.C.: 3 (pursuit)
2005 – Haywood NorAm, Vernon, B.C.: 4 (sprint)
2005 – Haywood NorAm, Canmore, Alta.: 5 (10-km classic)