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RAD Taras
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Ukraine   
Place of BirthTernopil, UKR
Height1.80 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Ternopil, UKR
Athlete, Student
German, Ukrainian
Higher education
Physical Education - Ternopil National Pedagogical University: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to cross-country skiing and biathlon at age 14, after the amputation of his leg, through the Invasport Para sports organisation in Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He was involved in athletics and football before the amputation of his leg, and wanted to stay involved in sports. After trying several Para sports, he was noticed by coach Viktor Fedorchak and encouraged to start training seriously.
Club / Team
Invasport: Ukraine
Name of coach
Viktor Fedorchak [personal], UKR; Vasyl Mukshyn, UKR; Valery Kazakov, UKR
Training Regime
He trains 12 times a week on the snow. He also goes to a swimming pool three times a week.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Cup
Vuokatti, FIN
General Interest
Cycling, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in 12.5km sitting biathlon race at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian biathlete Yuliia Dzhima. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport makes you more confident. It teaches you how to cope with barriers, challenges, and losses. Never give up. Improve yourself. It also makes you more open to the world." (, 13 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
For his achievements at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he received the Order for Merits [third grade] of Ukraine. (, 29 Mar 2018)

He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (, 31 May 2018; Athlete, 18 Dec 2017)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Mar 2018)
To claim gold at the world championships, and win multiple medals at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018;, 23 Mar 2018)
After injuring his leg at age 14 he went to get treatment at a hospital, but the wound was not treated properly and he acquired an infection. Doctors later had to amputate his leg in order to save his life. (, 31 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 24:10.8
1 2018 12.5km Middle - Sitting 45:35.6
4 2018 15km Individual - Sitting 49:03.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 15km - Sitting 43:50.4
5 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:36.3
4 2018 7.5km - Sitting 22:50.3
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Sitting 37:52.2
2 2016/2017 15km Individual - Sitting 48:01.3
2 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 21:48.9
1 2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Sitting 43:15.0
1 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 24:04.2
1 2018/2019 15km Individual - Sitting 51:57.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
6 2016/2017 10km - Sitting 20:19.3
3 2018/2019 10km - Sitting 23:01.1
3 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
2 2018/2019 15km - Sitting 49:06.1