a male Para Nordic skier

Ihor Reptyukh

Nordic Skiing

Ihor Reptyukh had a season to remember as he won his maiden Winter Paralympic title at PyeongChang 2018. The Ukrainian Nordic skier was the fastest in the men’s cross-country long distance standing.

He followed that up with silver in the biathlon middle distance and bronze in the biathlon sprint.

The year before, Reptyukh could not defend his biathlon long distance title at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. Instead, he climbed to the top of the podium in the cross-country short distance and long distance events.

With more than 1,000 points amassed during the 2016-17 World Cup, he also claimed the overall men's cross-country standing title for the season.

With vast experience on the Para Nordic skiing circuit, Reptyukh has shown ever-improving form. Competing in the 2011-12 cross-country World Cup, he finished in 19th place overall in the men's standing. Just a year later, he had risen to ninth place.

However, Reptyukh’s biggest leap came at the 2012-13 biathlon World Cup. After finishing 2011-12 in 15th place, he rose to third in the overall standings for 2012-13.

As if that was not enough, Reptyukh left an impression on his opponents on his World Championships debut in 2013, winning one gold and one bronze in biathlon.

In 2013-14, Reptyukh stood on the World Cup podium six times contributing towards two top-ten finishes in both cross-country and biathlon standings.

On his Paralympic debut in Sochi 2014, the Ukrainian faced stiff competition from Canada’s Mark Arendz and Norwegian Paralympic Champion Nils-Erik Ulset.

But with four top ten finishes including silver in the relay, the youngster showed he could perform at the highest level before going on to win his second world title in 2015.

He retained his place among the top skiers in 2015-16, finishing in the top five in the biathlon World Cup.


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Olena, daughters Veronika and Zoriana
Chernihiv, UKR
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Physical Education - Chernihiv National Pedagogical University: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2010 in Chernihiv, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He got into Para sports through athletics and swimming, but as he could not satisfy classification requirements in either he switched to skiing and biathlon. "This sport has always been interesting to me. And I can represent my country at the international level in this sport."
Club / Team
Invasport: Chernihiv, UKR
Name of coach
Vasyl Mukshyn, UKR; Oleksandr Semenov, UKR

International debut

Competing for
World Cup

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in 20km freestyle standing cross-country skiing race at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up. Don't stop and move on." (Athlete, 07 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)

In 2016 he was named among the three best Para athletes in Chernihiv region of Ukraine. (, 14 Apr 2017)

He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (, 31 May 2018)
At age five he severely cut his hand at home in an automatic food cutter, and lost all the fingers on his left hand. (, 02 Oct 2013; Athlete, 15 Mar 2014)
Other information
He withdrew from competing during the 2018/19 season due to the birth of his youngest daughter Zoriana in 2018. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Final 2013-02-25 11
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2013-02-27 3
Men's Short Distance Standing Final 2013-02-28 3
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2013-03-01 1
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2013-03-03 9
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Final 2013-03-05 4
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 11
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 6
Men's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 12
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Semifinal 2014-03-12 11
Men's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 2
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 10
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 5
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 3
Men's Middle Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-27 3
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 6
Men's Long Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-30 1
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-31 3
Open Relay Final 2015-02-01 3
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 6
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 1
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2017-02-14 6
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 4
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 1
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 2
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Standing Final 2018-03-10 3
Men's 20km Free Standing Final 2018-03-12 1
Men's 12.5km Standing Final 2018-03-13 2
Men's 15km Standing Final 2018-03-16 5
Men's 10km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 4