Albina Akhatova
Albina Khamitovna Akhatova ' onMouseout='HidePop("42302")' href="/topics/Nikolsk,_Vologda_Oblast">Nikolsk, Vologda Oblast
Nikolsk, Vologda Oblast
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) is a Russia
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n biathlete.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics
2006 Winter Olympics
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 in Turin, she won bronze medals in the 10 km pursuit and 15 km individual; she originally finished fourth in the individual but was promoted when her teammate Olga Pyleva
Olga Pyleva
Olga Valeryevna Medvedtseva , former Pyleva , née Zamorozova , is a retired Russian biathlete....

 was disqualified after failing a doping test. She also won gold, silver, and bronze medals in Olympic relay competitions in 2006, 1998, and 2002, respectively.

Akhatova also won the gold medals in the mass start at the 2003 World Championship held in Khanty-Mansiysk
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. In 1999 in Oslo
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, she won the bronze medal, and in 2004 in Oberhof, Germany
Oberhof, Germany
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, she won the silver medal, both over the distance of 15 km. She also was part of Russia's winning relay teams at the 2000 and 2003 World Championships.

After a break in the 2006/07 season, she returned in January 2008. At the 2008 World Championships in Östersund
Biathlon World Championships 2008
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, she won the silver medal in the 7.5 km sprint and the bronze medal in the subsequent 10 km pursuit.

On February 13, 2009 IBU announced Akhatova and teammates Ekaterina Iourieva
Ekaterina Iourieva
Ekaterina Valeryevna Iourieva is a Russian biathlete and 2008 world champion in the 15 km individual. She was known for her outstanding shooting speed. On February 13th, 2009 IBU announced Iourieva, as well as two other Russian team members Olympic champion Albina Akhatova and world champion...

 and Dmitry Yaroshenko
Dmitry Yaroshenko
Dmitry Vladimirovich Yaroshenko is a Russian biathlete who has won once in Biathlon World Cup, Hochfilzen sprint in 2007...

, tested positive for EPO
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 during the World Cup in Östersund
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. Each is expected to be banned for two years.

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