Oleksandra Kononova28 February 1991 Kiev, Ukraine
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2015 IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships - Gold: sprint, middle and long distance biathlon; Gold: long distance freestyle, sprint classic, middle distance classic; Silver: 4 x 2.5km relay cross-country events
- 2014-15 IPC Biathlon World Cup – Overall first; 2014-15 IPC Cross-Country Skiing World Cup – Overall third
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games - Gold: long distance biathlon; Silver: middle distance biathlon; Bronze: middle distance freestyle cross-country
- 2013 IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships - Gold: sprint classic; Silver: long distance freestyle cross-country; Bronze: sprint and middle distance biathlon and sprint classic cross-country
- 2011 IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships - Gold: sprint and long distance biathlon, sprint classic and long distance freestyle cross-country; Silver: middle distance and 3x2.5km cross-country relay; Bronze: 3km biathlon
Oleksandra Kononova has gone from admiring people on roller-skis as a teenager to one of Ukraine’s best Nordic skiers.
As the youngest member of the team at Vancouver 2010 at just 19-years-old, she picked up three golds in the women’s long distance biathlon standing, sprint and middle distance classic cross-country sitting.
In the following year at her second World Championships, she added one more gold to that tally in biathlon.
Abandoned by her parents as a baby and raised by her grandmother, a bone infection in her right hand caused a reduction in growth that worsened as she grew older.
In 2015 she followed that up with an incredible six world titles across cross-country and biathlon. In addition, Kononova won the overall biathlon World Cup and finished a strong third in the cross-country edition. In 2015-16, the Ukrainian finished third overall in both the biathlon and cross-country World Cup.
Her competition includes Ukrainian Iryna Bui and Canada’s Brittany Hudak, her fellow top three finishers in the biathlon and cross-country world rankings from previous seasons. Kononova will face them again at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.
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