Valeriya, or Valerie as she sometimes refers to herself, will be making history as the first athlete from Kazakhstan to compete in snowboarding events at the Sochi winter games in 2014! She’s a total underdog, with her coach being her father, who taught her to snowboard at a young age. When she first started, she used her father’s equipment, which was four sizes too large for her. I don’t know about you guys, but when I hear this story, I can’t help but cheer for her.
We expect her to compete in parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom. Qualifications don’t start until February 19th, which is probably why you haven’t heard of her before. We love underdogs, and we wish this beautiful lady all the luck in her upcoming events!