Alina Kovaleva

Alina Romanovna Kovaleva (Russian: Алина Романовна Ковалёва; born 18 February 1993) is a Russian curler. Her major achievement to date was winning the 2015 European Curling Championships as alternate. Kovaleva is Merited Master of Sports of Russia (2016).[1]

Alina Kovaleva
Born (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993
Team
Curling clubAdamant CC,
Saint Petersburg, RUS
SkipAlina Kovaleva
ThirdMaria Komarova
SecondGalina Arsenkina
LeadEkaterina Kuzmina
AlternateAnastasia Danshina
Career
Member Association Russia
World Championship
appearances
3 (2016, 2017, 2019)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
1 (2011)
European Championship
appearances
4 (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
External image
Alina Kovaleva. Foto from the site "Curling in Russia"

Career

Kovaleva practiced curling in the school years in her home town Slantsy.[2] She then moved to St. Petersburg to the Sports School of Olympic Reserve, No. 2. After three years of curling, she and her coach Alexey Tselousov became national champions and silver medalists at the 2011 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. Since then she has been active in mixed tournaments.

From 2013 to 2014, she was a member of the national junior team, winning the 2013 World Junior Curling Championships in Sochi and the 2014 World Junior Curling Championships in Flims.

Kovaleva plays for Adamant in St. Petersburg as a skip. As a member of the club she won the 2013 Russian Cup and became the silver medalist at the 2015 Russian Women's Curling Championships, losing 7-4 in the final to Moskva 1.

In November 2015, Kovaleva debuted as the alternate for the national team at the 2015 European Curling Championships in Esbjerg, replacing Ekaterina Galkina who took a break from curling.[3] The Russians won the tournament; it was Kovaleva's first gold medal at the European Championships. As an alternate, she and her team won the 2016 and 2017 World Women's Curling Championship bronze and silver respectively. She was also the alternate at the 2017 European Curling Championships, where her team finished 5th.

In 2018, Kovaleva has turned to playing as skip. Her first tour win as a skip came at the 2018 Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic.[4] Later that season, she also won the China Open and the Russian Curling Cup. Elsewhere, she skipped the Russian team at the 2018 European Curling Championships, finishing fourth. She also skipped the Russian team at the 2019 World Women's Curling Championship, where she led her team to a 5th place finish. At the end of the season, she skipped in her first Grand Slam event at the 2019 Champions Cup, where she made the quarterfinals.

In 2019, Kovaleva won the 2019 Russian Women's Curling Championship for the first time.

Grand Slam record

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Masters QF DNP Q DNP
Tour Challenge Q DNP DNP DNP
National DNP DNP DNP DNP
Canadian Open QF DNP DNP DNP
Players' Q DNP DNP DNP
Champions Cup DNP DNP DNP QF

Awards

  • Gratitude by the Sports Minister of the Russian Federation (4 December 2015) – for the successful appearance as a member of the national curling team at the European Curling Championships in Esbjerg (Denmark).[5]

References

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