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Irina Avvakumova

Irina Avvakumova
Personal information
Full name Irina Andreyevna Avvakumova née Taktayeva
Born (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991
Myza, Gatchinsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Russia
Professional information
Club Moscow ShVSM
Avvakumova Taktaeva bronze medalist at the World Cup in Hinterzarten, 2013.

Irina Avvakumova (née Taktaeva) (Russian: Ирина Андреевна Аввакумова (Тактаева); born 14 September 1991 in Myza, Leningrad Oblast) is a Russian ski jumper and several times National Champion. Avvakumova is the overall winner of the 2012/13 Continental Cup. At the Winter Universiade 2013 Avvakumova won the gold medal in the team event and the bronze medal in the individual competition.[1]

Sports career

In 2005, Avvakumova changed from cross country skiing to ski jumping. In 2011, she took part in her first World Cup event in Lillehammer, placing 40th.

In 2012, her best World Cup results are the 13th and 14th position in Zao (3 March 2012) and Hinzenbach (4 February 2012) respectively. With her Russian team she placed 11th in Lillehammer (23 November 2012). At the Summer Grand Prix Ski Jumping Final in Almaty (23 September 2012) Avvakumova won the silver medal.[2] In 2012/13 Avvakumova was the winner of the Continental Cup, taking part in four events and winning three of them in Örnköldsvik.

In 2013, she represented Russia in the World Championships in Val di Fiemme and placed 13th in the individual ranking and 9th in the team ranking.[3] At the Summer Grand Prix events in 2013, Avvakumova achieved top ten positions in Hinterzarten (8th) and Courchevel (10th).

In the World Cup series Avvakumova established herself among the world's best female jumpers placing third and second at Hinterzarten (21 and 22 December 2013).[4] On 4 January 2014 she won the World Cup event in Chaykovsky, Russia, becoming the first Russian ski jumper (both male and female) to ever win the World Cup event.[5]

Avvakumova's coaches are Konstantin Shaitanov, Roman Kerov and Roman Pashkin.[6]

Higher education

Since 2009 Avvakumova has studied sports at the Moscow State Academy of Physical Education, Youth and Tourism МГАФК (Московская государственная академия физической культуры, formerly known as МОГИФК) in Malakhovka.

Private life

Avvakumova lives in Chulkovo (Чулково), a small village south east of Moscow. Her mother Svetlana (Светлана Сергеевна Тактаева) is a teacher at the СОШ №20, the local high school Irina attended.[7]

In Russian media and in several rankings, Avvakumova's maiden name Taktaeva (also Taktayeva, Russian Тактаева) is also used or rather used again. On 23 December 2011, Irina Taktaeva married Maxim Avvakumov[8] and from 2012/2013 on all rankings should have changed to Avvakumova, as did the FIS ranking. In her new VK account, however, Irina reverted to her maiden name[9] and explains that she is divorced.[10]

Irina's father's surname, Taktaev, is of Tatar origin and her father Andrey is from Izhevsk (Ижевск), but Irina herself emphasizes that she is completely Russian.[11]


  1. ^ See Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. ^ See Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ See§or=JP&type=st-GP Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  4. ^ See Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ Paone, Francesco (January 4, 2014). "Irina Avvakumova beats Sara Takanashi and writes the history of the Russian leap". NeueItalia. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  6. ^ See Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. ^ "История продолжается..." (in Russian). Chulkovo Sport School. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ See 2 January 2014.
  9. ^ See Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  10. ^ See Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  11. ^ See also Retrieved 3 January 2014.
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