Russian cross-country skier who won two Olympic gold medals at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, in the 20 km and 4 x 5 km races.
She won her first gold medal in International Competition at the 1985 World Championships.
She won two golds and one silver at the 1988 Olympics.
She is the daughter of Vasili and Raisa Tikhonova.
She competed in the 1988 Olympics where ski jumper Matti Nykanen won three gold medals.