The title of the 40-year-old Anastasia Nifontovoy might be removed from acquainted to everybody. However this charming brunette is the primary bike racer on the earth to beat the Dakar with out resorting to the assistance of mechanics, in addition to the one woman in Russia who was among the many high three winners of worldwide World Cup stage bike competitions. What introduced her to this sport, how she was nearly allowed to compete as a result of doping and the way she manages to mix motor racing with motherhood, we inform in our materials on SPLETNIK.RU.
Origin and Schooling
Anastasia Nifontova was born on January 19, 1979 in Washington, USA, however quickly moved to Russia together with her household.
At three years outdated, my mother and father took me to Moscow, and since then I’ve been residing right here. And I used to be born in America, as a result of my dad labored there on the development of the Soviet embassy,
– She defined in an interview.
Anastasia grew to become fascinated with sports activities since childhood (at first she was engaged in determine skating, after which snowboarding and even was a candidate for the grasp of sports activities and a member of the nationwide group of Moscow and the junior nationwide group of Russia), however this didn’t forestall her from getting two greater educations: she graduated from the school of linguistics and intercultural communication Moscow State Linguistic College and Movie School of VGIK.
Sports activities profession
Anastasia had an curiosity in bike racing since childhood:
I at all times preferred motorbikes. My mother and father instructed me that even on the age of three, after we have been nonetheless residing within the USA, I noticed a bike in an enormous car parking zone close to a grocery store, and my arms instantly reached out to him. Once I grew up a bit, I already wished to experience bikes. At first, mother and father didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take it very critically, they thought: it can develop and the whole lot will move. However not handed. And once I turned 16, my father determined: okay, we’ll purchase you a bike, you’ll drive across the nation home, there are nonetheless no roads there,
– says Nifontova.
In her first competitors she took half in 1999, when she was 20 years outdated. It was the Baha-Seliger rally-raid championship of Russia. Then Anastasia grew to become the one woman who participated within the competitors. She carried out fairly decently: regardless of the dearth of expertise in driving for such a protracted distance (360 kilometers in in the future), she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come to the end line.
These races launched her athletic profession. Already in 2006, Nifontova represented Russia on the World and European Championships, and likewise entered the highest three winners of the Russian Ladies's Motocross Championship in 2006-2007.
This was adopted by participation in Supermoto (technically difficult bike races, wherein Nifontova was the one woman to compete with males) and third place within the S2 class, the worldwide rally raid "Khazar Steppes 2010", the place she gained the bronze medal, profitable the fourth stage of the Russian championship in the identical yr and the silver medal on the 2014 World Cross-Nation Rally Championship.
After that, Anastasia was invited to the VEB Racing skilled rally-raid group, and she or he took half within the Africa Eco Race rally, the place she gained the ladies's occasion.
In 2016, Anastasia Nifontova suffered a compression fracture of the backbone on account of a fall on the Africa Eco Race rally (an harm that resulted in compression and vertebral integrity. – Approx. ed.). Nevertheless, regardless of the harm, she not solely continued to take part within the race, but in addition grew to become a champion within the girls's competitors.
Nothing severe occurred to me, fortuitously, the legs and arms moved. It was disagreeable, it was tough to stand up, at first I walked in a corset. However accidents, oddly sufficient, I used to be completely not moved to complete,
– she shared.
However, after this, Nifontova needed to neglect about racing for 5 months and begin remedy.
Dakar and dope
A yr later, Nifontova took half within the Dakar rally marathon, the place she grew to become the vice-champion within the girls's competitors. By the way in which, they might not have allowed her to compete, because the forbidden WADA meldonium was present in her blood. However Nifontova took it as prescribed by a physician and was in a position to defend her proper to take part within the rally.
Since my college days, I’ve some minor issues with metabolism, low sugar ranges, poor vascular permeability … Generally, the physician prescribed drugs for me each six months, droppers, and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t comply with that there have been prohibited substances. I began having issues, however the consultants of the worldwide federation took my aspect, I took all of the medical papers, checked out my medical historical past and determined to not punish me. They understood that in my case there was no malignant violation, I didn’t eat steroids, however solely took remedy for the illness on a physicianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prescription,
– explains Nifontova.
In January of this yr, Nifontova once more took half in Dakar and have become the primary girl on the earth to compete with out the assistance of mechanics (which means that in case of a automobile breakdown, an athlete repairs it himself). For 11 days, she needed to overcome 5 and a half thousand kilometers off-road.
I digested the supply of my companions for every week. After which the organizers introduced that the race will likely be held solely in Peru, and that is primarily sand. And I assumed that I may most likely strive. I prefer to experience on the sand, particularly on the dunes. It's like freeride, like a curler coaster – pure pleasure. Plus, within the sand the bike isn’t so beating, and it’s not mandatory to scrub it every single day. However the decisive issue was the magic phrase of somebody from the acquaintance: "What do you consider one thing? Poor, or what?" – "Noooo!"
– She instructed in an interview with Forbes.
It turned out not so unhealthy. I coped with the responsibility inspection / restore with none issues, and when brute pressure was wanted to vary the main asterisk, for instance, I referred to as my neighbor by offset – this isn’t prohibited by the principles. However fussing with a bike took time. After the race you come drained, you simply wish to lie down and never transfer, however you may't – you must put together for the following day. A few occasions I even didn’t get to the general public soul. I understood that it could take an additional 20-30 minutes. Higher to spend it on sleeping
– she tells in regards to the rally.
Consequently, Anastasia took the ninth place within the Unique rating, and this although she fell from a bike and nearly fell below the truck.
And right here I’m sitting within the sand and I hear somebody behind the dune gazing, and in a second the nine-ton colony crawls up. And, it appears, doesn’t see me. Fortuitously, on the final second the crew observed me, braked – and the truck started to creep down the sand by inertia. Gently, he pushed my bike, which was below his hood, and stopped. And two centimeters from this motion – I’m. A navigator jumped out of the cab, began shouting one thing, then tried to drag out the bike and instantly realized that it was not simple. The 2 of us by some means pulled it out, lifted it up. I drove off a bit, stopped – and for about 10 minutes I used to be notably shaken. It was essentially the most demanding second of the race. Within the night, within the bivouac she nonetheless cried within the tent and calmed down,
Not solely moto
And though Anastasia NifontovaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest ardour is motor racing, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a really versatile persona, and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get her schooling for present. In 2001, she left the game for some time and began a film.
I wished to go to a cameraman in highschool, however my mother and father dissuaded me. They are saying that such a prestigious artistic college doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take a spot there, and so forth. Due to this fact, on their recommendation, I went first to the common overseas language: overseas languages Ã¢â‚¬â€¹Ã¢â‚¬â€¹are in all places wanted. And solely within the final yr I understood that, nonetheless, the childhood dream didn’t disappear wherever, didn’t evaporate, and I swung at VGIK.
I filmed properly, I even gained a prize for the very best cinematography on the prestigious worldwide movie pageant of pupil movies at VGIK. Cinema, together with bikes, is my second ardour. Naturally, I dream to make an excellent film. And on this movie there will certainly be bikes,
– She mentioned a couple of years in the past.
So, maybe, quickly we’ll hear not solely about sports activities, but in addition in regards to the cinematic success of Anastasia.
Household and private life
Anastasia Nifontova isn’t solely knowledgeable bike racer, but in addition a spouse and a mom. Her present husband (the primary husband of Anastasia – the President of the Bike Federation of Russia Alexander Nifontov – died in 2010 from a coronary heart assault. – Approx. ed.), 47-year-old Anton Gavrilov – supervisor and engineer of the group for which she speaks. Based on Anastasia, their pursuits nearly utterly coincide, and he helps her in the whole lot. And, as she confesses, he is a wonderful cook dinner.
This a part of the household farm utterly lies on it,
– she shares.
Anton Gavrilov and Anastasia Nifontova
Spouses have two kids: 15-year-old Maria and six-year-old Timofey. Regardless of common competitions, Anastasia tries to spend as a lot time as doable together with her daughter and son. With the entire household they journey steadily, they usually give choice to journeys to the mountains, for the reason that daughter of Anastasia adopted within the footsteps of her mom and is actively concerned in alpine snowboarding.
I now strive my greatest to be sure that they don’t really feel the absence of mother of their life. Every time doable, we spend time collectively. And even generally they experience races with me,
The athlete says she doesn’t intend to cease at what has been achieved and goes to participate in multiple rally. Nicely, I wish to want her success and nice victories, and, in fact, in order that she may do with out accidents!