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Elena Tretiakova



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Yekaterinburg, RUS
English, Russian
Higher education
Journalism - Ural Federal University: Yekaterinburg, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing at age 14 in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
"I was asked which sport I wanted to do and I replied, 'Athletics. And if not athletics, then nothing'. Other sports do not appeal to me."
Club / Team
Sputnik Sports Club: Nizhny Tagil, RUS
Name of coach
Boris Dvornikov [personal], RUS, from 2013; Natalia Merzlyakova, RUS

International debut

Competing for
Grand Prix
Berlin, GER

General interest

Lena (VK profile, 27 Feb 2021)
Reading. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a national record in the 200m at the 2019 Cup of Russia. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Petr Gvozdevsky. (Athlete, 21 Sep 2015)
Hero / Idol
Russian Para cross-country skier Ivan Goncharov, Russian Deaflympic runner Alexander Sugonyaev, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 21 Sep 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (, 30 Jul 2020)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 26 Oct 2019)
She has cerebral palsy, which affects the right side of her body. (, 27 Feb 2020)
Other information
In late 2020 she was training on her own following the retirement of her coach Rif Barievich. She admitted that she was struggling with emotional exhaustion by early 2021, so she started working with a new coach, Natalya Merzlyakova. "In a Paralympic year, it's not advisable to train on your own. It can be overwhelming and lead to emotional exhaustion or burnout and by January [2021] I genuinely felt on the verge. You need a real mentor, who is nearby, evaluating your condition and directing you down the right path. That is a must for an athlete. Rif still helps with training plans and gives necessary advice and I am always on the phone with him, but you just can't imagine how hard it is to be an independent athlete. Now, with Natalya Merzlyakova, I am part of a training camp and represent Sputnik Sports Club. I feel a little calmer because I'm not alone anymore." (Instagram profile, 21 Mar 2021, Feb 18 2021)