Paralympic Winter Games
9-18 March

Dzmitry Loban: Nothing changes for PyeongChang 2018

Belarusian feels no added pressure ahead of the Winter Games 10 Oct 2017
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a male Para skier plants his poles in the snow

PyeongChang 2018 will be Loban's third Paralympic Winter Games

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By By Tim Norris | For the IPC

”I don't feel any pressure. I don't like to stand out somehow. It only hinders me in my life and activities.”

PyeongChang 2018 will be Dzmitry Loban’s third Paralympic Games. Having won bronze at Vancouver 2010 and competed at Sochi 2014, he knows what he needs to do to experience further success in March.

The Belarusian finished fifth in last season’s biathlon and secured a silver medal at the World Championships in cross-country. And with the 2017/18 season about to get underway, including the added incentive of the Winter Games, he shares his hopes for the season ahead.

“In general, I was pleased with last season, although there were quite a number of mistakes which need to be corrected.”

Loban picked out a couple of areas to focus on. “I’d like to improve my shooting accuracy, speed and strength.”

For some, a Paralympic year gives added focus to the season. But this is not the case for Loban.

“I always prepare and approach every season equally responsibly. I believe it’s possible to improve and I want to perform well at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games.”

He showed what it takes to win a medal in the big races at last season’s World Championships.

“My best performance was my last cross-country skiing race at the World Championships in Finsterau where I won the silver medal. I had unsuccessful races in biathlon there, so this medal was very important for me.”

But he recognises the importance of balancing expectations and keeping life in perspective.

”I don't feel any pressure. I don't like to stand out somehow. It only hinders me in my life and activities.”

The Paralympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang from 9-18 March 2018.