19503-Denis Petrenko photo

Denis Petrenko

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Shchuchinsk, KAZ

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para cross-country skiing in 2013 in Shchuchinsk, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
He practised skiing in his youth, and decided to pursue the sport again after he acquired his impairment. He was also inspired by the victories of Kazakhstani cross-country skier, Vladimir Smirnov.
Club / Team
Mergen Sports Club for the Impaired: Kokshetau, KAZ
Name of coach
Vasily Kolomiyets [national, personal], KAZ, from 2013; Evgeny Rybentsov [personal]

International debut

Competing for
World Cup
Sochi, RUS

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Placing sixth in the open 4x2.5km relay at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Vasily Kolomiyets. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani cross-country skier Vladimir Smirnov. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"He who does not work does not win." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Kazakhstan. (, 02 Dec 2021; Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
In 2008 he was attacked and suffered a knife wound in his back, resulting in a spinal cord injury and loss of the use of his legs. After several years of rehabilitation he regained some sensation in his legs. (, 26 Feb 2014;, 24 Feb 2014)
Other information
He returned an adverse analytical finding for the prohibited substance acetazolamide in December 2013. The finding was the result of a prescribed medication that he took under the supervision of a physician. In February 2014 he was reprimanded by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] for failing to gain a Therapeutic Use Exemption [TUE] to use the medication. (, 27 Feb 2014)


Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 16
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 6
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2017-02-16 8
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 11
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 12
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 13
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 13
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 - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 12
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 12
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 7
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 9