Zina Kocher

Birth Date
December 5, 1982
Years Practicing
Red Deer, AB
Canmore, AB
Richard Boruta
Training Group/Club
Biathlon Alberta Training Centre
Fast & Female, KidSport Bow Valley
Cross Country Skiing

Notable Events

3rd Ostersund, SWE World Cup 206/07, 15k Individual
3x Olympian 2006, 2010, 2014

Early Memory

Watching Myriam Bedard win 2 gold medals in Biathlon in Lillehammer 1994 OWG, and thinking what a crazy cool sport!

On Your Playlist

Oh everything! I have a wide range of musical interests. 

Current/Best Read

Current read is Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

Words To Live By

“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” - Joshua J. Marine

"A person should have wings to carry them where their dreams go, but sometimes a pair of skis makes a good substitute." - Hans Gmoser


I was involved in many different sports growing up and started cross country skiing at the age of 7 in the Jackrabbit program. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I tried Biathlon, and attended the ’98 AB Winter Games that year as they were in my hometown, Red Deer. Upon graduating from high school in 2000, I immediately started training full time with Rocky Mountain Racers under Richard Boruta, with Olympic dreams. I made the World Junior team that first year and continued to chase after my dreams & goals. And 15 years later, I’ve attended 3 Olympic Games, have stood on a World Cup podium and have had multiple top 10 finishes. Challenges most definitely presented themselves in 15 years, from back injuries, mononucleosis, personal life ups & downs and of course not always achieving goals that I set for myself! 
Other interests: Love to get out in the outdoors in other sports such as rock climbing, alpine skiing/touring, travelling & exploring this great globe, spending time whipping up delicious food & desserts, cappuccino moments with friends, yoga, and music.