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Elena Gorlova

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F51

Further personal information

Residence
Smolensk, RUS
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Physical Education, Teaching - Uzbek State Institute of Physical Education: Tashkent, UZB

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2011 at age 30 in Smolensk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Para athletics was the only sport that was accessible to people with an impairment at the time she began training in Smolensk, Russian Federation.
Club / Team
Youth of Moscow: Russia
Name of coach
Vladimir Golovinsky [personal], RUS, from 2011

General interest

Hobbies
Diamond embroidery. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F51 club throw at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 26 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Rock climbing coach Svetlana Zolotaryova. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport has been my life since childhood. I do not like to be last, and second place is last for me." (admin-smolensk.ru, 03 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 30 Jul 2020)
Other sports
She has competed in rock climbing and received the title of Master of Sport in Uzbekistan. (smolgazeta.ru, 21 Oct 2014)
Ambitions
To set a world record, and to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019; smolnarod.ru, 10 Feb 2019)
Impairment
In 2008 she dived into the shallow end of a swimming pool and broke the sixth vertebra in her spinal cord. (smolgazeta.ru, 21 Oct 2014)