- Date of Birth: 3 Jan 1986
- Weight Class: 58Kg
Olga Butkevych was the first ever female wrestler representive of Team GB at an Olympics, competing in the women's 55kg category at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Olga, who lives in Manchester, was born in Ukraine on 3rd January 1986 but came to the UK in 2007, where she has now settled, and calls this country 'home'. Olga won a silver medal in the December 2011 Olympic Test event at the ExCel arena and went on to finish 11th out of 19 in the London 2012 Games.
After the August London Olympics, Olga went out to Canada for the September 2012 World Championships.
In these 2012 World Championships, Olga achieved a Bronze Medal at 59Kg, with Lan Zhang (China) and Zalina Sidakova (Belarus) taking Gold and Silver respectively.
This was the first medal achieved by an athlete competing for GB in living memory in a world championships and an enormous credit to Olga. (Link to British Wrestling news item). Olga saw off Russia’s Ekaterina Melnikova in her first match, and then beat the London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Yuliya Ratkevich to qualify for the semi-finals of the 59kg division.
A further notable result for Olga was in April 2011 where she achieved a Bronze medal (59kg) at the European Championships in Dortmund, Germany. This was only the second medal achieved by an athlete competing for GB in a European Championships since Noel Loban won silver in the event held in Manchester in 1988 (21 yrs previous)