That must have been interesting to have the same birthday as her coach!!
Irina Tchachina won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.
She was known for her very powerful jumps.
See, for example, here:
She was also someone whom Zhenya looked up to, and trained alongside, for many years...
|Little Zhenya looking down at Ira|
|Zhenya on left, Ira on right|
|Ira giving Zhenya some words of advice|
Happy Birthday Ira and best wishes for the future!!