Rad’s reasons to watch PyeongChang 2018

Ukrainian Para skier explains why Paralympic Winter Games is a must watch. 24 Jul 2017
a sitting biathlete skies down a slope

Taras Rad won three silvers at this year's World Championships in Finsterau.

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By Tim Norris | For the IPC

In just his second full Para Nordic skiing season, Taras Rad finished second in the men’s biathlon sitting World Cup rankings.

He also secured three silver medals at the World Championships at Finsterau earlier this year in the sprint, middle and long distance races, showing his ability to compete across the board at this level.

Furthermore, Rad won golds at both his home World Cup at Western Center, Ukraine, as well as at the opening event of the season in Vuokatti, Finland.

Having finished tenth in the biathlon rankings the season before, if he continues to improve at this rate he will be a strong contender for medals at PyeongChang 2018. Rad shares three reasons why you should watch the Paralympic Winter Games.

To improve performances

“Support from the people watching you at the venues, on TV, or the internet is a very important part of success for every athlete. It stimulates you to do better, not to give up.”

Community spirit

“We (athletes) always hear and feel people around.”

Medal success

“As a Ukrainian, I believe feeling the support of our fans will mean our team could perform even better and compete for the first place in the team rankings.”

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