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Ruslan Reiter

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Residence
Bozeman, MT, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Aviation Studies - Montana State University: Bozeman, MT, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing in 2012 at Maranacook Middle School in Readfield, ME, United States of America. In his first race he was noticed by Tom Upham, who competed in Nordic skiing at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, and Upham recommended him to US national coaches.
Why this sport?
One of his friends at school encouraged him to try skiing because he was good at endurance sports. "As soon as I got on skis I was like, this is the sport for me. I love this. I was a runner, too, and did cross-country, and I loved that it was basically the same but on skis."
Club / Team
Crosscut Mountain Sports Center: Bozeman, MT, USA
Name of coach
Seth Hubbard [club], USA

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Aviation, building and flying model aeroplanes, plane spotting. (teamusa.org, 05 Jul 2019; teamusa.org, 16 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (centralmaine.com, 21 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His friend Zach Holman. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He won the Wow Factor award at the 2017 Varsity Maine Awards in the United States of America. (pressherald.com, 21 May 2017)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (centralmaine.com, 21 Mar 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 02 Dec 2021)
Impairment
He was born with an underdeveloped right arm. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018; pressherald.com, 21 May 2017)
Other information
FROM RUSSIA TO THE UNITED STATES
He was adopted from an orphanage in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, by his US parents. Every day his mother Annie would visit an older orphan called Tonia, whom she had arranged to adopt, and he would always wave at Annie and show her his favourite toys, so she decided to adopt them both. "I don't really remember a whole lot about Russia. Very vague memories, not strong ones." (centralmaine.com, 28 Jan 2017)

FLYING ACROSS THE SNOW
He has had an interest in aeroplanes since childhood, and studied aviation at Montana State University. He finds his hobby has similarities to Para cross-country skiing. "In both, being organised and prepared is very important. You get prepared for a race by doing your pre-race routine the day before. You do your course review and then set a plan for how you're going to approach warm-ups and the race. When you get ready to do a flight, you do the same thing. The day before you look at the weather, get yourself prepared to fly and to fly the route safely. You basically brief your flight just like [how] in Nordic you brief yourself on the course." (teamusa.org, 16 Oct 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Standing Final 2018-03-10 16
Men's 12.5km Standing Final 2018-03-13 11
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 20
Men's 15km Standing Final 2018-03-16 15
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 7