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HRAFEYEVA Lidziya
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Belarus   
GenderWomen
Age33
Place of BirthNovolukoml, URS
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Dzmitry Loban
Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Belarusian, English, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing while at she was at school. She took up Para skiing and Para biathlon in 2012 in Minsk, Belarus, shortly after recovering from her injuries.
Why this sport?
She learned about the sport after getting to know Belarusian Para skier Dzmitry Loban and coach Yury Buranau, who suggested she try the sport. Two months after her first training session she took part in an international competition in Finland.
Club / Team
Dynamo: Minsk, BLR
Name of coach
Yury Buranau, BLR, from 2012; Nikolay Shablovsky, BLR, from 2015
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Belarus
General Interest
Nicknames
Lida (chyrvonka.by, 02 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Knitting. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in Para biathlon in the 10km middle - sitting event at the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. (Athlete, 15 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her husband Dzmitry Loban. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain is temporary, glory is forever." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (Athlete, 15 Dec 2018)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her husband Dzmitry Loban has represented Belarus in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. He won a bronze medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and claimed two silver medals at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (zviazda.by, 14 Mar 2018; chyrvonka.by, 02 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To compete in shooting Para sport at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 11 Mar 2018)
Impairment
At age 27 she was involved in a car accident that led to the amputation of her legs. (chyrvonka.by, 02 Aug 2017)
Other information
HUSBAND'S HELP
She credits her husband Dzmitry Loban for her successes on the snow. Loban has represented Belarus in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon, and also worked as her coach. "He made me the athlete that I am today. I stayed in the sport because he was there. I always wanted to go everywhere with him, and then I started liking it. I was drawn into the sport. It is very interesting when two people do the same work. Biathlon and cross-country skiing are, simply put, the meaning of his life, and for me also they have become the meaning of life." (pyeongchang2018.com, 05 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2014 6km Sprint - Sitting 20:45.8
7 2014 10km Middle - Sitting 36:56.5
8 2014 12.5km Individual - Sitting 44:23.8
3 2018 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:16.3
5 2018 10km Middle - Sitting 45:55.7
3 2018 12.5km Individual - Sitting 49:57.0
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:48.06
17 2014 5km - Sitting 19:13.0
4 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:16.4
  2018 5km - Sitting  DNF
4 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:10.3
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 10km Middle - Sitting 34:46.0
2 2016/2017 12.5km Individual - Sitting 46:05.2
3 2016/2017 6km Sprint - Sitting 21:48.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
5 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:51.7
5 2016/2017 12km - Sitting 38:50.7
5 2016/2017 5km - Sitting 15:10.1