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a female Para Nordic skier

Oleksandra Kononova

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It was hard to see Oleksandra Kononova miss the 2017-18 season, including the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, due to health-related issues. The Ukrainian Nordic skier had dominated the women's standing category for years.

But she seems to be back into full form as she secured six wins across biathlon and cross-country events over two World Cups in the 2018-19 season.

The last major competition Kononova shone at was the 2017 World Championships, where she claimed six medals including three individual world titles in both cross-country and biathlon.

She also finished top of both the overall women's biathlon and cross-country standing World Cup rankings.

But Kononova has followed a long path before becoming one of her country’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 biathlon long distance, as well as the cross-country sprint and middle distance.

In the following year, she added one more gold to that tally in biathlon at her second World Championships.

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.

At Sochi 2014, Kononova won biathlon long distance gold yet again, while also winning silver in the biathlon middle distance and cross-country sprint.

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 Cups.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Adriana
Residence
Brovary, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Institute of Physical Education: Pereyaslav-Khmel’nyts’kyy, UKR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up skiing in 2003 in Kiev, Ukraine. She began competing in Para skiing in 2007.
Why this sport?
She saw some teenagers who were skiing on roller skis and wanted to try it. She then began skiing under coach Anatoly Zavedeev.
Club / Team
Invasport: Ukraine
Name of coach
Vasyl Mukshyn [biathlon], UKR; Anatoly Zavedeev [cross-country skiing], UKR

General interest

Nicknames
Sasha (kp.ua, 07 Apr 2010)
Hobbies
Embroidery. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in 12.5km individual standing biathlon race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
She was decorated with Ukrainian Orders for Merits, third and second grades, for her achievements at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. (president.gov.ua, 23 Aug 2014, 25 Mar 2010)

In 2011 she won the Best Games Debut award at the IPC Paralympic Awards in recognition of her performance at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (paralympic.org.ua, 09 Feb 2012)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018; dsmsu.gov.ua, 31 May 2018)
Other sports
She competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
Impairment
She had osteomyelitis [a bone infection] as a baby, and her right hand was affected. (kp.ua, 07 Apr 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 12.5 km Individual Standing Final Round 1
Women's 3x2.5 km Relay Open Final Round 2
Women's 15 km Standing Final Round 4
Women's 5 km Standing Final Round 1
Women's 1 km Sprint Standing Final Round 1
Women's 3 km Pursuit Standing Qualification 6
Women's 3 km Pursuit Standing Final Round 6
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Sprint - Classic Standing Final 2013-02-25 3
Women's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2013-02-27 2
Women's Short Distance Standing Final 2013-02-28 3
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2013-03-01 3
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2013-03-03 8
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Final 2013-03-05 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 5
Women's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 6
Women's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 2
Women's 1 km Sprint Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 5
Women's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 1
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 4
Women's 5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 3
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 1
Women's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 1
Women's Middle Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-27 1
Women's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 1
Women's Long Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-30 1
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-31 1
Mixed Relay Final 2015-02-01 2
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 1
Women's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 2
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2017-02-14 8
Mixed Relay Final 2017-02-15 1
Women's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 1
Women's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 2
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 1
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 3
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-17 3
Women's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-18 5
Women's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 2
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 2
Mixed Relay Final 2019-02-23 1
Women's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2019-02-24 7