Born in Moscow, Russia, Olya moved to Toronto when she was 13 years old. She first started fencing in Moscow in 1998 as part of the developmental group that was created following the addition of women’s sabre to the Olympic program in 2004.

Olya won her first international medal for Canada at only 15 years old, when she brought back the bronze from the Cadet World Championships held in Antalya, Turkey, in 2002. Olya went on to compete as part of the senior national team from 2005 to 2010. In 2007 she won the bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. A year later Olya competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where she finished 15th in the individual event and 7th in team.

Olya studied finance at St. John’s University in New York for two years before moving to Montreal to train with the national team in 2007. She graduated from Concordia University with a degree in marketing in 2013. She is now the Coordinator of Athlete Marketing at the Canadian Olympic Committee.