Katrin Šmigun

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Katrin Šmigun Cross-country skiing
nation EstoniaEstonia Estonia
birthday October 21, 1979
place of birth Tartu
society Oti sports club
Trainer Anatoly Šmigun
National squad since 1995
status not active
Medal table
JWM medals 1 × gold 2 × silver 1 × bronze
Junior World Championships
silver 1997 Canmore 15 km freestyle
gold 1998 Pontresina 5 km classic
bronze 1998 Pontresina 15 km freestyle
silver 1999 Saalfelden 15 km freestyle
last change: March 3, 2008

Katrin Šmigun (born October 21, 1979 in Tartu ) is an Estonian cross-country skier who was able to achieve good results, especially at the beginning of her career. Her sister and training partner Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is an Olympic and world champion. The two sisters and their father and trainer Anatoli Šmigun have formed the Šmigun team in the cross-country skiing world cup since 1999 .


Katrin Šmigun's parents Rutt Rehemaa and Anatoli Šmigun were successful skiers in their youth. Among other things, Anatoli Šmigun is two-time junior world champion from 1972. Thus, the athletic careers of the two daughters were virtually predetermined. Both started Nordic skiing early. Šmigun's cousin Jana Rehemaa and her cousin Aivar Rehemaa are also cross-country skiers. Aivar won the gold medal over 30 kilometers classic at the Junior World Championships 2002 in Schonach .

Katrin Šmigun is married to Knut Nystad. Nystad worked as a cross-country skiing trainer at the University of Denver and has been the chief technician for the Norwegian cross-country skiing team since 2006. His twin brother Trond Nystad , former trainer of the US cross-country skiing team and currently trainer of the Swiss sprint team, is the husband of German cross-country skier Claudia Nystad .

On February 23, 2006, the birthday of her sister Kristina, Katrin Šmigun gave birth to her daughter Kristin-Helena. On November 25, 2011, she became the mother of a son.

Athletic career

Katrin Šmigun had her first international appearance at the Junior World Championships in 1995 in Gällivare, Sweden . There she took 19th place over the 15 kilometers in the free technique . In November 1995 she took part in a World Cup race for the first time. In Vuokatti , Finland , she took 72nd place over the 5 kilometers in the classic technique. At the Junior World Championships in 1996 in Asiago , Italy , her best placement was 14th over the 15 kilometer freestyle. In the 1997 season, Šmigun won several World Cup points. At the Junior World Championships in Canmore, Canada, she won the silver medal in the 15 km freestyle behind her sister Kristina. Over the 5 kilometers in the classic technique, she came fourth. She was able to improve this result a year later in Pontresina , Switzerland , and was junior world champion over the 5 kilometer freestyle ahead of the German runner Claudia Künzel. Over the classic 15 kilometers she took third place. She took part in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano . There she was able to fight for 13th place over the 15 kilometers in the classic technique. Over the classic 5 kilometers she took 20th place and was able to improve to 15th place in the subsequent pursuit competition.

In 1999 she won the silver medal over the 15 kilometer freestyle at the Junior World Championships in Saalfelden, Austria, ahead of the German runner Evi Sachsenbacher . At the Nordic World Ski Championships in 1999 , she finished tenth over the 15 kilometers of freestyle. At the beginning of the following season, she was able to place in the top ten in a World Cup race for the first time at the World Cup in Sappada . A year later she achieved her best World Cup placement in Beitostølen . There she took fourth place over the 10 kilometers classic. In 2002, Katrin Šmigun was able to achieve 13th place over the 30 kilometers at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games .

In 2003 Šmigun went to the USA . There she studied at the University of Utah and took part in various competitions. Among other things, she won all races and thus also the overall ranking of the NCAA Skiing Championships in cross-country skiing. In doing so, she made a significant contribution to the overall victory of her university in the skiing category . In the following season, Šmigun stayed in the USA. She took part in Continental Cup competitions and FIS races and supported the cross-country skiing team of the University of Utah as a trainer.

In 2005 Katrin Šmigun returned to the World Cup, but could no longer place in the top 40. At the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf in 2005 , her best placement was a 53rd place over the 10 kilometer freestyle.

In November 2006, Šmigun competed in the FIS race in Muonio, her first race since the birth of her daughter. However, she could not place in the front field. So far she has not participated in any other competitions.

Sporting successes

Junior World Championships

  • 1997 Canmore: Silver over 15 km freestyle
  • 1998 in Pontresina: Gold over kilometer freestyle, bronze over 15 km classic
  • 1999 in Saalfelden: Silver over 15 km freestyle

National championships

  • 16 Estonian championship titles by 2003

Individual evidence

  1. FasterSkier.com, Knut Nystad Continues in the Norwegian Wax Cabin
  2. Katrin Šmigun sai teise lapse . Postimees . November 25, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  3. NCAAsports.com: History - Past Champions ( Memento of February 22, 2008 in the Internet Archive )

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