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Alexandr Gerlits

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6

Further personal information

Family
Wife Anastasia
Residence
Petropavl, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Economics, Physical Education - North Kazakhstan State University: Petropavl, KAZ

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in December 2014 in Petropavl, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
His father was a physical education teacher, so he was involved in a number of sports as a child. Having sustained the impairment to his left arm in 2011, he watched the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and learned that getting involved in Para sport was possible in Kazakhstan. He did not want to do cross-country skiing at first but changed his mind after coaches invited him to try it. Four months later he won his first national championship. "I have known about this sport since childhood, and I love winter."
Club / Team
Umit Sports Club for the Impaired: Petropavl, KAZ
Name of coach
Vasily Kolomiyets [national], KAZ; Anton Zhdanovich [personal], KAZ

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Kazakhstan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Vuokatti, FIN

General interest

Hobbies
Taking walks with his dog. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing third at the 2022 World Cup event in Ostersund, Sweden. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; inbusiness.kz, 03 Feb 2022)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Forward. Don't step back." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in both Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon in Kazakhstan. (dknews.kz, 26 Oct 2021; Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (OIS, 08 Mar 2022)
Impairment
The impairment to his left arm is the result of a road accident that happened in 2011. (inform.kz, 02 Jun 2018; Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 7
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 6
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 9
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Standing Final 2018-03-10 7
Men's 20km Free Standing Final 2018-03-12 4
Men's 12.5km Standing Final 2018-03-13 6
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 10
Men's 15km Standing Final 2018-03-16 7
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 6
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 9999
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-17 8
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-18 5
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 8
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 9
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 7