Athlete Profile: Zina Kocher


Zina took her first strides in the sport of biathlon while competing in  the 1998 Alberta Winter Games. Once graduating from high school in 2000, Zina moved to Canmore, Alberta to train full-time with the Rocky Mountain Racers under Richard Boruta. That same year, the Albertan made the Canadian Biathlon Team and represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Khanty-Mansisysk, Russia. During her rookie year on the World Cup circuit in 2003-04, Zina finished in the top-30 five times, with her best result coming in Slovakia after crossing the line in 10th spot. An elite international biathlete, she achieved a top-30 individual finish in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games . Zina made history four years ago, becoming the first Canadian biathlete in more than a decade to win an international  medal by claiming the bronze in Sweden. Zina is on her way to realizing her dream of being a World Champion. When away from the biathlon course, Zina enjoys playing the flute, rock climbing, downhill skiing and yoga.

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