Olga Kozydub

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Olga Kozydub wins the 2013 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit, together with her two coaches including Oksana Verevka
Olga Kozydub at the Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana professional marathon swim awards ceremony in Argentina
Olga Kozydub (born 4 October 1991 in Miass, Russia) is a top Russian professional marathon swimmer who placed 4th overall on the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit and won the overall title in the 2013 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix pro circuit. She is coached by Степан Ганзей and was selected as the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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2013 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix

Kozydub won the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda event in February 2013 and finished second at the 88 km Maratón Hernandarias-Paraná in February 2013, and won the 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Roberval, Quebec, Canada in July 2013. She also competed in the 34 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog. The final 2013 rankings were as follows:

2013 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Rankings

1. Olga Kozydub (RUS) 111 points in 8 races
2. Esther Nuñez Morera (ESP) 72 points in 8 races
3. Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 66 points

2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Rankings

1. Esther Nuñez Morera (ESP) 96 points in 7 races
2. Pilar Geijo (ARG) 82 points in 7 races
3. Anna Uvarova (RUS) 77 points in 6 races
4. Olga Kozydub (RUS) 52 points in 4 races
5. Silvie Rybářová (CZE) 51 points in 4 races
6. Noelia Petti (ARG) 22 points in 4 races
7. Ivana Sitic (CRO) 20 points in 6 races

2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Kozydub was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination reads:

Young but hungry, small but daring, Olga Kozydub won the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix scene with an outstanding sophomore season. Consistently in the lead, the 20-year-old won 3 races on the professional marathon swimming circuit while finishing 8 long races. Focused and savvy, she did not let wind or waves, stings or sunburn get her down. When the pace picked up, she stayed up. When the waves came up, she rose to the occasion. The 20-year-old Russian swam courageously throughout the year and has a promising long career ahead of her demonstrating her prowess for all to appreciate. For her Grand Prix victories, for her focused intensity, for her love of competition, Olga Kozydub is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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