It will be no easy task for Oksana Shyshkova to defend her two biathlon and one cross-country world titles at Prince George 2019.
However, the Ukrainian seems ready to do so after delivering good performances in the 2018-19 World Cup circuit, securing three wins overall in the women’s vision impaired.
Shyshkova had already proven to be highly-competitive at PyeongChang 2018, where she won her first Winter Paralympic titles.
The Nordic skier, guided by Vitaliy Kazakov, won gold in the biathlon middle distance and cross-country mixed relay. She then went on to claim three silvers and one bronze. Shyshkova also ended second in the biathlon World Cup overall rankings and third in the cross-country.
Her breakthrough season was 2016-17 as she claimed her maiden world titles at Finsterau 2017 and also ended top of the biathlon World Cup overall rankings, as well as second in cross-country.
She won the women’s biathlon sprint and long distance, and the cross-country middle distance races at the 2017 World Championships. She followed that up with silver in the biathlon middle distance; and cross-country sprint and long distance.
Shyshkova began her active life in a circus school and toured Germany as part of a choir when she was a youngster. She has always been into sports too, playing football and practising athletics before her former coach suggested she try Nordic skiing.
She was 17 when she first skied on the trails of Ukraine. Only six years later, she would stand on the podium at Sochi 2014 four times across biathlon and cross-country events, all of them bronze medals.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In recognition of her performances at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, she received the Orders of Princess Olga [third and second grades] in Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 29 Mar 2018, 23 Aug 2014)
She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
|Women's 12.5 km Individual Visually impaired||Final Round||6|
|Women's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired||Final Round||5|
|Women's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired||Qualification||5|
|Women's 1 km Sprint Visually impaired||Semifinal||6|
|Women's 5 km Visually impaired||Final Round||7|
|Women's Sprint - Classic VI||Final||2013-02-25||5|
|Women's Long Distance - Free Style VI||Final||2013-02-27||9999|
|Women's Short Distance VI||Final||2013-02-28||9999|
|Women's Middle Distance VI||Final||2013-03-01||3|
|Women's Long Distance VI||Final||2013-03-03||4|
|Women's 6 km Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-08||3|
|Women's 10 km Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-11||3|
|Women's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-12||3|
|Women's 12.5 km Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-14||3|
|4x2.5 km Mixed Relay||Final Round||2014-03-15||4|
|Women's 5 km Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-16||4|
|Women's Short Distance VI||Race 1||2015-01-24||2|
|Women's Long Distance - Free Style VI||Race 1||2015-01-25||9999|
|Women's Middle Distance VI||Race 1||2015-01-27||2|
|Women's Sprint - Classic VI||Race 1||2015-01-28||2|
|Women's Long Distance VI||Race 1||2015-01-30||4|
|Women's Middle Distance - Classic VI||Race 1||2015-01-31||3|
|Women's Middle Distance VI||Final||2017-02-11||2|
|Women's Sprint - Free Style VI||Final||2017-02-12||2|
|Women's Long Distance VI||Final||2017-02-14||1|
|Women's Long Distance - Classic VI||Final||2017-02-16||2|
|Women's Sprint VI||Final||2017-02-18||1|
|Women's Middle Distance - Free Style VI||Final||2017-02-19||1|
|Women's 6km Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-10||2|
|Women's 15km Free Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-12||2|
|Women's 10km Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-13||1|
|Women's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-14||3|
|Women's 12.5km Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-16||2|
|Women's 7.5km Classic Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-17||7|
|4x2.5km Mixed Relay||Final||2018-03-18||1|
|Women's Middle Distance VI||Final||2019-02-16||2|
|Women's Middle Distance - Free Style VI||Final||2019-02-17||1|
|Women's Sprint - Free Style VI||Final||2019-02-18||2|
|Women's Sprint VI||Final||2019-02-20||2|
|Women's Long Distance VI||Final||2019-02-21||2|
|Women's Long Distance - Classic VI||Final||2019-02-24||2|