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Ilia Popov

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Obninsk, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2010 in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
After playing Para football for about a year, he heard about a Para ice hockey club and decided to switch sports.
Club / Team
Zvezda Tula Region: Russia
Name of coach
Alexander Larionov [club], RUS; Ruslan Batyrshin [national], RUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Music, Para alpine skiing, playing football. (Athlete, 28 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and scoring a game-winning goal and claiming gold in the 2015/16 Russian Championship. (Athlete, 28 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2015)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, Russian mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I am here, why not be the best?" (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He received the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [first grade] in the Russian Federation in recognition of his performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 17 Mar 2014)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (, 26 Apr 2021)
In 2002 he lost his left leg during a terrorist attack on a military parade in Kaspiysk, Russian Federation. (, 01 Apr 2020;, 06 Nov 2014)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 2
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 4
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 1
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 201
Mixed Gold Medal Match 2014-03-15 101