Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Veronika Ivanovskaia is the eldest child of Russian immigrants. At a young age she and her family moved to Hanover. In the course of her youth, Ivanovskaia became a German citizen. Being encouraged to play from the age of 8, she was not tall enough to reach the table. She stood on a crate of Coca-Cola whilst she was playing, and kept the crate as a souvenir. She later became a professional psychologist.