Athlete Profile: Daria Gaiazova


A 2010 Olympian, Daria has developed into one of the top cross-country ski racers in the country. She captured her first World Cup medal three years ago when she and Chandra Crawford won the bronze at a World Cup team sprint in Dusseldorf, Germany, and found her way back onto the World Cup podium in 2013 with teammate, Perianne Jones, on the 2014 Olympic course at the World Cup in Sochi, Russia. Daria has progressed her way through the Canadian system. She was first recognized as a member of the National Ski Team in 2002 when she earned a spot on the World Junior Team, but was unable to attend as she was still waiting to receive her Canadian citizenship. Since 2003, Daria has qualified for four Canadian teams that have competed at the World Ski Championships: World Junior Team, World Under-23 Team, and World Ski Championship Team. Daria is now focused on representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in her native country of Russia – which would be equally as special as competing in Vancouver 2010.

When not travelling the World Cup circuit, Daria uses her time at home in Banff, Alta. to volunteer weekly with the Seniors Walking Program, and actively participates in KidSport fundraising and athletic programs as an Olympic Athlete Ambassador. Daria also works closely with kids in Banff during the school year with after-school sports programs. In her spare time, Daria enjoys learning how to Telemark ski at Norquay.

Daria holds a B.Sc. from Waterloo University, and is currently two-thirds through a B.Comm degree from McGill University. In 2010, she completed the Dale Carnegie Communications program in Calgary. Daria speaks English, French and Russian. Her current goal is to learn how to speak Spanish.

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