(born 23 February 1977 in Tartu
) is a former and so far most successful Estonian
female cross-country skier
. Her parents, Anatoli Šmigun
and Rutt Rehemaa
were both prominent Nordic skiers. Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is coached by her father.
On 12 February 2006, she won the Winter Olympics gold medal
for the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, becoming the first Estonian woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. Four days later, she won a second gold medal in the 10 km classical.
On 15 February 2010, she won her third Olympic medal
, a silver in the 10 km freestyle race. With two golds and one silver, Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is the most successful Estonian athlete in Olympic history (summer or winter), tying the record of men's cross-country skier Andrus Veerpalu
Šmigun-Vähi has also found success at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
, earning six medals. This included one gold (2003: 5 km + 5 km double pursuit), three silvers (1999: 15 km, 2003: 10 km, 15 km), and two bronzes (1999, 2003: both in 30 km).
On 2 July 2010, Šmigun-Vähi announced that she will quit her professional sport career to focus on her family and her daughter Victoria-Kris.
World Cup overall results
Individual World Cup races
16 wins (14 Individual, 2 Sprint)
Kristina is married to her long-time manager Kristjan-Thor Vähi (07.07.2007). She did not participate in the... Read More