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Nikolay Polukhin

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B2
Guide
Eduard Berezin

Further personal information

Family
Wife Larisa, one daughter [2020]
Residence
Tyumen, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Tyumen State University: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began cross-country skiing in 2004 in the Nege rehabilitation centre in Tyumen, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
He tried several different sports including gymnastics, arm wrestling, weightlifting and powerlifting before he discovered cross-country skiing.
Club / Team
Tyumen Regional Sports Training Centre: Russia
Name of coach
Vyacheslav Goldinov [personal], RUS

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Russia
Location
Italy

General interest

Nicknames
Kolya (1tv.ru, 02 Nov 2013)
Hobbies
Working on his home. (beijing2022.paralymp.ru, 18 Feb 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is life, it is the engine to keep moving forward." (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In recognition of his performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, he was presented with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [fourth grade] by the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 17 Mar 2014)

He received the Pride of the Nation award in the Russian Federation in 2012. (csp72.ru, 12 Jul 2012)

In recognition of his achievements at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver he was decorated with the Order of Friendship by the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Mar 2010)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 31 May 2021; fss.org.ru, 27 Mar 2021)
Other sports
At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi he won gold medals in both cross-country skiing and biathlon. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jan 2021)
Impairment
In 1993 he was electrocuted, resulting in head trauma and impaired vision. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2020 he received a master's degree in sports management at Tyumen State University in the Russian Federation. (beijing2022.paralymp.ru, 18 Feb 2022)

DOPING VIOLATION
In February 2016 a trace of the banned substance meldonium was found in his system while he was competing at the World Cup event in Finsterau, Germany. As a result of his disqualification he was stripped of the gold medal that he had won in the 15km biathlon event. However, he did not receive any suspension from competition due to the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Anti-Doping Hearing Body accepting that he had taken the substance before 01 January 2016, when the substance was added to the prohibited list. (paralympic.org, 24 Jun 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 12.5 km Individual Visually impaired Final Round 2
Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 1
Men's 20 km Visually impaired Final Round 2
Men's 10 km Visually impaired Final Round 3
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually impaired Final Round 2
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Final Round 2
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Qualification 3
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic VI Final 2013-02-25 5
Men's Long Distance - Free Style VI Final 2013-02-27 2
Men's Short Distance VI Final 2013-02-28 1
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2013-03-01 1
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2013-03-03 1
Men's Middle Distance - Classic VI Final 2013-03-05 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 2
Men's 12.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-11 2
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired Qualification 2014-03-12 9
Men's 15 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 1
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 1
Men's 10 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 4
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance VI Race 1 2015-01-24 1
Men's Long Distance - Free Style VI Race 1 2015-01-25 4
Men's Middle Distance VI Race 1 2015-01-27 1
Men's Sprint - Classic VI Race 1 2015-01-28 4
Men's Long Distance VI Race 1 2015-01-30 1
Men's Middle Distance - Classic VI Race 1 2015-01-31 2