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Irina Polyakova

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12, LW12

Further personal information

Family
Son Vitali
Residence
Kazan, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up skiing at age 35.
Why this sport?
She tried swimming and tennis first. When she found out there was skiing for disabled, she decided to give it a try.
Name of coach
Farida Safiullina
Coach from which country?
Russia
Coach from what year?
1989

General interest

Hobbies
Knitting, skiing, rollerskating. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2005 IPC World Championships. (ski.ru, 18 May 2006)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always takes her knitting needles and yarns to a competition and knits in her spare time. At the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver she knitted five pairs of socks for her family and her coach. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Awards and honours
She was decorated with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland and with the medal "For the Valiant Labour". (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and possibly to work as a coach. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Impairment
She fell under a tram at age two and lost both shins. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)