Yulia Belorukova just became a mother of boy happy parents named Arseniy!
In her Instagram post announcing the news she’s calling the baby ” Our Christmas angel”. As all remember, the Russian Orthdox Church celebrates Christmas on January 7th.
Belorukova, 24, has been dating her husband-to-be, then Team Russia skier Nikita Stupak for 6 years.
In interview with with The Dailyskier last summer Yulia called Nikita, “quite simply, the most important person in my life”
Belorukova, who won two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, will most probably become the first baby mother on the international circuit this season – in our conversation Yulia hid no desire of coming back to competitive skiing as soon as reasonable.
Will Yulia and baby Arseniy also become users of the so-called “baby rooms”? FIS now mandates having a special place at every WC competition venue, but they were not getting much use since both Marit Bjorgen and Kikkan Randall retired from competing and, to the best of our knowledge, there were no baby mothers left among the ski athletes for a while.
Three other Team Russia skiers have announced their pregnancies before the season start: Elena Soboleva-Ustiugova (wife of Sergey Ustiugov), Tatyana Aleshina and Anastasia Sedova are all expecting.