Dominant Belarus biathlete is a former KGB agent

To the surprise of few, Belarus has not been a big presence at these Winter Olympics. It sent 33 competitors and, with only a few days left in these Games, has just three medals to its name.

Two have come thanks to a 31-year-old named Darya Domracheva, a biathlete with an exceptional knack for shooting. Aside from the fact that Domracheva trains that aspect of the sport for competition, she had also apparently been honing it as a KGB agent, a position she held until 2014.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Darya Domracheva of Belarus celebrates during the Biathlon Women's Relay at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Belarus' Darya Domracheva competes at the shooting range in the mixed relay biathlon event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 20, 2018, in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Fran�is-Xavier MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
Belarus' Darya Domracheva competes in the mixed relay biathlon event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 20, 2018, in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Darya Domracheva of Belarus competes during the Women's 12.5km Mass Start Biathlon on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Darya Domracheva of Belarus celebrates with a flag as she wins gold during the Women's 4x6km Relay on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Darya Domracheva of Belarus celebrates with a flag as she approaches the finish line to win gold during the Women's 4x6km Relay on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Iryna Kryuko, Dzinara Alimbekava, Darya Domracheva and Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus celebrate winning gold after the Women's 4x6km Relay on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Darya Domracheva of Belarus shoots prior to the Women's 12.5km Mass Start Biathlon on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Belarus' silver medallist Darya Domracheva poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the biathlon women's 12,5km mass start at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Belarus' silver medallist Darya Domracheva poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the biathlon women's 12,5km mass start at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
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“Domracheva had worked for the KGB until June 2014, but at the moment Darya is not an employee of the Committee,” KGB spokesperson Dmitry Pabyarzhin told Insidethegame.com in May of 2016. She had reportedly been a lieutenant for the KGB, information that had been accidentally posted on the website of Dynamo Sports Club, a sports and fitness society founded in 1923 in the Soviet Union.

Domracheva took silver in the women’s mass start biathlon on Feb. 17, and on the 22nd, she helped lead her team to a gold in the women’s relay.

This is her third Olympic Games, with her debut coming in Vancouver in 2010 with a bronze in the individual event. She followed that with three golds in Sochi. Her pair of medals in PyeongChang runs her total up to six in her Olympic career.

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