Kulakova Galina Alekseevna: biography, photos and interesting facts about the Olympic champion
Kulakova Galina Alekseevna–an outstanding athlete of the Soviet era. She repeatedly won various championships and competitions. Her collection of mass awards and medals for winning the competition in alpine skiing. Kulakova has always been the standard of courage, endurance and will to win. In more detail about this remarkable woman we will also tell further.
Briefly about the childhood of the famous athlete
Kulakova Galina Alekseevna was born in a large family at the end of April 1942. Her birthplace is the village of Logachi, located in the Votkinsk district of the modern Udmurt Republic. At the moment this place no longer exists. According to local residents, it was flooded during the global construction of a local hydropower station.
In addition to young Galina, there were eight other children in the Kulakov family, two of whom were brothers and six sisters. Since childhood, the girl, like her many relatives, grew up without paternal warmth. And all because the father of the family died in the war. As a result, child care fell on the fragile shoulders of the mother.
First steps on skis
Kulakova Galina Alekseevna first started skiing during her school years. The fact is that her house was far from the school building. It was difficult to get to him, especially in winter. However, the problem was solved when Galina's mother made her skis. Of course, it was difficult to call two ordinary boards tied to shoes, and they had to share them with other family members. Despite this, the girl managed to travel 10 km in a day and successfully return back.
Participation in local competitions and work at the state farm
Despite all the difficulties of life, Kulakova Galina Alekseevna did not lose heart. On the contrary, she even decided to go to a single sports section, which worked at their state farm. In this case, it was a small ski mug. At the same time with her little hobby, a young skier who was growing up worked as a laborer at a state farm. At the age of 15 she cared for calves, and at 17 she got a job as a milkmaid.
According to local residents, the girl needed to get up at 5 am daily. She needed to have time to milk 18 cows, put them in the barn and go back home to help her mother.
Participation in competitions: first losses and victories
As we have said, Galina Alekseevny Kulakova had a great hobby - skiing. She repeatedly participated in various competitions. However, she failed to win them. Moreover, they say that the athlete performed extremely unfortunately at competitions held in Sverdlovsk.
Returning after such an unexpected defeat at home, the girl decided to stop by and visit her sick little sister Lida. As it turned out, the patient was supposed to participate in regional competitions, but due to discomfort she could not. Instead of herself, Lida persuaded Galina to participate.
To her own surprise, Galina Alekseevna Kulakova managed to win. This time she got a silver medal, which she gladly brought to her relatives. From this very moment, and began climbing the career ladder.
Galina was noticed by the famous Soviet coach Peter Naymushin.According to eyewitnesses, he was simply stunned by the incredibly powerful desire of the girl to win. And also he was impressed by the unlikely principle of running of the athlete Galina Alekseevna Kulakova. The biography of the skier, as practice shows, will continue to be overwhelmed with random encounters and unexpected events.
In pursuit of a star
The sportswoman liked the coach so much that he spent a lot of energy searching for her. Then, after some time, he came to her village. At that time, he recruited a team to participate in city competitions and, of course, could not miss such an amazing athlete as Kulakova Galina Alekseevna. A brief biography of the girl at the time was not replete with new events. On the contrary, the athlete had to work hard and combine work with sports. So Kulakova began to train under the strict guidance of the master of sports Naimushin.
The first serious awards skiers
After starting training with a professional coach, Galina was forced to move to Votkinsk. There she worked at the factory, and also trained hard. Despite such a tight scheduleathlete still managed to win the race during the next competition in Smolensk.
Moreover, in early 1968, the skier nearly won the Olympic gold. According to eyewitnesses, the girl simply did not have enough exposure and experience. Because of this, Galina did not manage to overcome the too steep descent, and she flew off the track for 500 m to the finish.
They say that Galina Alekseevna did not have a few seconds to properly enter the turn and win. However, despite this, the athlete brought two medals from her first serious Olympiad. Here is a purposeful and talented Galina Kulakova. Personal life at that time was carefully relegated to the background. Her main task was to improve her own technology.
Long work on yourself
Having recognized that the girl's technique is far from being at a high professional level, she began to look for suitable literature. Galina also met with some well-known athletes, received valuable advice from them and studied again. After some time, the skier managed to get in good shape and bring her ride to the ideal.
Cascade squall wins and undermined health
Kulakova is a phenomenal athlete who constantly balanced on the edge. She completely devoted herself to training, spared no strength and health. Subsequently, it will play far in her favor. But more about that later.
So, during the preparation for the World Championships, the athlete simultaneously participated in other competitions. And it just so happened that she won one after another. However, in 1970, when she was predicted to win the World Championship, her body could not stand the load. As a result, a promising skier got into the hospital, where she was sent directly from the ski slopes.
Loud return and career renewal
After a difficult operation, Galina needed a long recovery. No one even thought that she would return to the sport again, as she had to re-learn to walk. But she didn’t just recover and put on skis, but won several gold medals during the 1972 competition in Sapporo.
Exactly two years later, the skier won in both individual races in Falun. Olympics in 1976, the world champion successfully skated and almost won first place.But due to the fact that she had a cold and took anti-inflammatory drops (as it turned out, there were forbidden substances in their composition), she was accused of doping. As a result, the champion was removed from the race.
The solemn presentation of the World Cup in 1979 was another of the most significant events in the life of an athlete. She was later predicted of new victories, but the Kulakova team stalled in fifth place. At this moment, the skier, who at that time was already under 40 years old, decided to end her sports career. So she left, leaving behind a lot of medals, awards and pleasant memories.
What is the residential address of Galina Alekseevna Kulakova?
Currently, the former world champion, who was previously married to her coach Peter Naimushin (later they broke up), lives in splendid isolation in the small village of Italmas, located near the glorious city of Izhevsk. In the same area a museum was recently opened, dedicated to the vibrant sports career of Kulakova.