a male sit skier ploughs through the snow

Maksym Yarovyi

Nordic Skiing

Maksym Yarovyi will forever cherish the moment he won his first Winter Paralympic title. The Ukrainian ended first in the men’s cross-country long distance sitting at PyeongChang 2018, his second Games.

He went on to claim bronze in the cross-country middle distance to round off his most successful Paralympics to date.

Since debuting in 2011, Yarovyi has risen through the ranks of the men’s sitting in both cross-country skiing and biathlon.

Until 2018, his most prolific season had been the 2016-17, when he won quadruple gold in the men’s cross-country sprint, middle and long distance, and the biathlon sprint sitting at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany.

He also won the overall cross-country World Cup title.

Yarovyi’s talent was spotted by coaches at a rehabilitation centre. He had originally been pegged to be a swimmer, but as the pool was too far from his house to train he decided to give Nordic skiing a go.

His Paralympic debut at Sochi 2014 saw him reach the podium three times, powering to a trio of silver medals. Just a year later, at his first World Championships he converted those into two golds.

His career achievements so far have bought him wide recognition. He was named among the 2014 best athletes of Mykolayiv region of Ukraine in the 'Strong Spirit' nomination category.

Yarovyi always says when he is “on the snow I am free from everything: troubles, worries and negative moments.” But when he is not training or competing, he enjoys playing computer games, travelling, watching movies, reading books and listening to music.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Anna
Mykolayiv, UKR
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Computer Engineering - Open International University of Human Development 'Ukraine': Kyiv, UKR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at around age 21 in Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He was noticed by coaches at a rehabilitation centre and offered the chance to try swimming, fencing, and skiing. He started with swimming but as the pool was quite far from his home, he switched to skiing. "When I am on the snow I am free from everything - troubles, worries, and negative moments."
Club / Team
Invasport: Mykolayiv, UKR
Name of coach
Valery Kazakov, UKR; Vasyl Mukshyn [biathlon], UKR

International debut

Competing for
World Cup

General interest

Maks (Facebook profile, 05 Oct 2021)
Games, films, music. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the cross-country 15km sitting event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his first coach Oleksandr Vasiutynsky. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian freestyle skier Oleksandr Abramenko, Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
In 2020 he broke his arm. He also required treatment on his kidneys, and needed about seven months to recover in total. (, 02 Mar 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The main thing is calmness." (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for Ukraine for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC, 04 Mar 2022)

In recognition of his achievements at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018, he received the Orders for Merits [third and second classes] of Ukraine. (, 29 Mar 2018, 23 Aug 2014)

In 2017 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in cross-country skiing in Ukraine. He has also received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in biathlon in Ukraine. (, 22 Feb 2022; Athlete, 04 Dec 2018;, 14 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Dec 2018)
To win another medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
In May 2004 he fell from a railway bridge and sustained a serious spinal injury. (, 14 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-25 14
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 5
Men's Short Distance Sitting Final 2013-02-28 8
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-01 7
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-03 7
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 8
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 2
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 4
Men's 12.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-11 7
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Final Round 2014-03-12 3
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 12
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 2
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-24 1
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting Race 1 2015-01-25 2
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-27 6
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-28 1
Men's Long Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-30 6
Open Relay Final 2015-02-01 3
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 1
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 4
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2017-02-16 1
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2017-02-18 1
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 1
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 10
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 1
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 9
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 15
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 3
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 7
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 6
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2019-02-20 7
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 9999