The biographical information was provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Nickname: Kira. (curling.ru, 22 Jun 2005)
Hobbies: Dancing and going to the solarium. (curling.ru, 06 Jul 2005)
Education: Engineering - Moscow Aviation Institute: Moscow, Russia
Language spoken: Russian, English
Club name: Moskvitch Curling Club: Moscow, Russia
Handedness: Right (curling.ru, 06 Jul 2005)
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.