Olga Firsova was born June 28, 1911 in Switzerland, where her father Athanasius Firsov was working , who became one of the founders of the legendary T-34 tank. Before the war, a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory Firsova Olga worked as choirmaster at the amateur. But in addition to her music attracted the mountain. In 1935, Olga Firsova won his first top - Kazbek. Two years later on Mount Elbrus frostbitten feet and narrowly escaped amputation after gangrene.