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“They won’t let me play for Finland because she is from Russia.” Where did Daria Virolainen go?

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 14:52:08

“They won’t let me play for Finland because she is from Russia.” Where did Daria Virolainen go?

Julia Sidorova July 28, 2023, 16:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

At 34 years old, he continues his career as a biathlete. And there’s a chance we’ll see her at the Russian Cup or Commonwealth Cup stages.

Daria Virolainen is one of the most famous Russian biathletes of the last decade. At first, many perceived her exclusively as the daughter of the great Anfisa Reztsova, but she Daria was able to make a name for herself.

Now the European champion and winner of the World Cup stages lives in Finland and performs in Estonia, at home or in Russia. Why hasn’t heard from her for so long and will we see Daria again on the biathlon track?

Two decrees in four years

For several years, nothing was really known about Daria Virolainen, the eldest daughter of three-time Olympic champion in cross-country skiing and biathlon Anfisa Reztsova. The last participation of her in the World Cup took place in 2018. On the stage in Tyumen at the mass start, she finished in 23rd place, after which she performed at the Russian Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk. And in December of the same year it became known that the biathlete was in position and she was expecting her second child. In March, Daria and her husband had a son named Alex-Christian, and already in August she announced her return to the big sport.

The young mother returned to the distance for the 2019 Izhevsk Rifle, where she placed seventh in the individual race. Reztsova Sr. was then sure that her daughter was ready to enter the national team in the same season, however, after fruitful preparation in Altai and the only start in Izhevsk, Daria disappeared from the biathlon radar almost to the end. of the summer.

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Virolainen moved to Finland in 2016, following her husband’s parents, and during the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic, she went almost nowhere. She was only able to travel to Estonia, where she won the sprint at the country’s summer biathlon championships. At the same time, she did not want to train with the Russian team at the expense of the region and she prepared according to her husband’s plans.

After waiting out the pandemic, Daria returned to Russia and competed in national competitions during the 2020/2021 season, and in November 2021 she again took maternity leave. But even then he did not plan to end his career as a biathlete.

“I agreed to play for Finland”

In September 2022, Virolainen again appeared in the biathlon protocols, only not in Russia, but at the Finnish Summer Championships. In the individual race, the 33-year-old finished second, more than three minutes behind Heidi Kuuttinen. It was then that the fierce disputes over the change of sporting citizenship of Virolainen began. Judge for yourself: at that time, Daria had already lived in Finland for six years, she had dual citizenship for a year, and did not play for the Russian national team: she was not selected based on the results. However, Daria herself denied that she had changed her citizenship, and the Finnish Biathlon Federation denied the information about the transition of the Russian biathlete.

“I was not going to make loud statements that I would play for Finland. Yes, it so happened that together with my family we have been living here for six years. I play, or rather I train, at a local club. Seven months ago, I gave birth to my third child and I still breastfeed him. I just wanted to compete in local competitions to remember that feeling. And I am very surprised that it has caused so much resonance at home, ”Virolainen said then.

Daria Virolainen

Photo: RIA Novosti

His mother, Anfisa Reztsova, at the same time reported the opposite:

“Yes, he ran them in the Finnish Championship. And he agreed to play for Finland. She’s great. We have such a situation, she is not allowed to us anywhere. Let it act there for a bit. And then, when they let us in, she will definitely be here with her sister, with Kristyushka together, ”Reztsova Sr. shared.

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In October 2022, coach Anatoly Khovantsev said that Daria was training with the Finnish national team. However, in July 2023, the athlete was noticed at a training camp in Altai together with coach Leonid Myakishev, who was one of the first to announce a possible change of citizenship by an athlete.

As it became known this summer, Virolainen trains at his own expense and does not represent any region of Russia, let alone Finland. Why did she come back? Mom gave the answer. What happens is that Daria was never taken to the Finnish national team and she is not going to finish her career at 34 years old.

“In general, everything is fine, it’s a pity that Dasha wanted to play for Finland last season, but they don’t let her in, despite Finnish citizenship. I guess her because she is from Russia. She was considered for a long time, but in the end everything hung up. However, she trains with the hope of competing more.

It is not yet known for certain whether Daria Virolainen will compete in the Russian Cup and the Commonwealth Cup in the coming season. But, as Daria herself said earlier, “without competitive practice, there is no point in training,” which means that we may well see an athlete on our tracks.

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