Lena Smirnova is a business and sports reporter with more than 12 years of experience in journalism as a writer, editor, producer and news service manager. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia, which she completed with a gold medal. Her career highlights as a sports journalist include covering three Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, two Youth Olympic Games, two Pan and Parapan American Games, the European Games and the Rugby World Cup. Lena has interviewed athletes in English, Russian, French, and Spanish. As a business journalist, Lena has covered the real estate, retail, environment, marketing and technology beats for English-language publications in Russia. She has also worked as the editor of the environment and arts sections in a daily newspaper. Lena enjoys learning languages and hopes to say fünftausendsechshundertsiebenundneunzig in under 20 seconds some day.