Yulia Shymechko

Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Ihor Shymechko, daughter Myroslava [2004], daughter [2017]
Other names
Yulia Kalina
Residence
Kiev, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 13 in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
She was previously involved in athletics until her father and godfather began coaching her in weightlifting.
Club / Team
Dynamo: Ukraine
Name of coach
Viktor Romanchuk [personal], UKR; Ihor Shymechko [husband], UKR
International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Ukraine
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian weightlifter Nataliya Skakun. (fakty.ua, 05 Aug 2012)
Injuries
Early in her career she suffered from a hernia in her back. She cured the problem by bulking up and moving into a higher weight category. (xsport.ua, 01 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Patience and work will make it all. The most important thing is striving for your goal." (euro.com.ua, 12 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (uwf.net.ua, 17 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives
Her father Anatoly Kalina and her brother Sergiy Kalina are Masters of Sport in weightlifting in Ukraine. Her husband Ihor Shymechko has represented Ukraine in weightlifting, including at the Olympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Her daughter Myroslava Kalina has competed in weightlifting at national level and received the title of Master of Sport in Ukraine. (uwf.net.ua, 16 Jul 2019; dsmsu.gov.ua, 29 Dec 2015; euro.com.ua, 12 Dec 2012)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games and break world records. (bbc.com, 01 Mar 2016)
Other information
SANCTION
In 2016 she tested positive for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone during reanalyses of samples from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She was stripped off the bronze medal that she won in 58kg category at the 2012 Olympics and was banned from the sport for two years between June 2016 and June 2018. (iwf.net, 15 Jun 2016)

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