Oleksandra Kononova28 February 1991 Kiev, Ukraine
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing World Championships - Gold: middle distance freestyle, long distance classic and 4 x 2.5km mixed relay cross-country and middle distance biathlon; Silver: sprint freestyle cross-country and short distance biathlon
- 2015 IPC Nordic 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
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games - Gold: long distance biathlon; Silver: middle distance biathlon; Bronze: middle distance freestyle cross-country
- 2013 IPC Nordic 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 Nordic 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.
Kononova faced them again at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, claiming six medals including three individual world titles in both cross-country and biathlon. She also finished on top of the overall women's World Cup rankings, which combined points from skiers across all classifications.
The Ukrainian remains one of the women to beat at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
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