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Lidziya Hrafeyeva

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Dzmitry Loban, son David
Other names
Lidziya Hrafeyeva
Minsk, BLR
Belarusian, English, Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing while she was at school. She took up Para skiing and Para biathlon in Minsk, Belarus, shortly after recovering from her injuries.
Why this sport?
She learned about the sport after getting to know Belarusian Para skier Dzmitry Loban and coach Yury Buranau, who suggested she try the sport. Two months after her first training session she took part in an international competition in Finland.
Club / Team
Dynamo: Minsk, BLR
Name of coach
Yury Buranau, BLR; Nikolay Shablovsky, BLR; Dzmitry Loban [husband], BLR

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Lida (, 12 Mar 2018)
Educating her son. (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Belarusian Para Nordic skier [and her husband] Dzmitry Loban. (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Belarusian Para Nordic skier [and her husband] Dzmitry Loban. (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain is temporary, glory is forever." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (, 17 Dec 2020; Athlete, 15 Dec 2018)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her husband Dzmitry Loban has represented Belarus in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. He won a bronze medal in cross-country skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and claimed silver in cross-country skiing and silver in biathlon at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Dec 2021;, 14 Mar 2018;, 02 Aug 2017)
At age 27 she was involved in a car accident that led to the amputation of her legs. (, 02 Aug 2017)
Other information
She credits her husband Dzmitry Loban for her successes on the snow. Dzmitry has represented Belarus in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon, and also worked as her coach. "He made me the athlete that I am today. I stayed in the sport because he was there. I always wanted to go everywhere with him, and then I started liking it. I was drawn into the sport. It is very interesting when two people do the same work. Biathlon and cross-country skiing are, simply put, the meaning of his life, and for me also they have become the meaning of life." (, 05 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 9
Women's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-11 7
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 13
Women's 12.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 8
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 17
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-11 1
Women's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 3
Women's Long Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-14 2
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 5
Women's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2017-02-16 5
Women's Sprint Sitting Final 2017-02-18 3
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 3
Women's 10km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 5
Women's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 4
Women's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 3
Women's 5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 9999
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 4