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Sergiy Khyzhnyak

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Olena Iurkovska
Chernihiv, UKR
Russian, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2002.
Why this sport?
His teacher for physical training suggested he should train with her husband Mykola Vorchak. He agreed because he did not want to sit at home.
Name of coach
Dmytro Artomin [national]
Coach from which country?

General interest

Seryoga (VK profile, 17 Jan 2014)
Fishing. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2006 he was decorated with the Order for Courage in Ukraine. (, 03 Apr 2006)

He holds the title of Master of Sport of International class in Ukraine. (, 01 Apr 2011)
Other sports
In 2013 he took up shooting in the hope of becoming a member of the national team. (, 22 Oct 2013)
Famous relatives
His wife Olena Iurkovska is a five-time Paralympic champion in para-nordic skiing. She competed at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, and also at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens in sitting volleyball. (, 23 Mar 2010)
A train accident at age 17 resulted in the loss of both legs. (, 15 Jul 2007)
Other information
Although he did not win a medal the 2006 or 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, he was content with his experience. "Unfortunately I could not win even one medal, given that the level of competition was so high. But I was happy both times that my teammates stood on the [medal] podium." (, 20 Apr 2010)


Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Sitski Final Round 3
Men's 15 km Sitski Final Round 13
Men's 10 km Sitski Final Round 13
Men's 12.5 km Sitski Final Round 12
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 19
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 15
Men's 2.4 km Pursuit Sitting Final Round 4
Men's 2.4 km Pursuit Sitting Qualification 6
Men's 12.5 km Individual Sitting Final Round 9
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-25 12
Men's Short Distance Sitting Final 2013-02-28 19
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-01 16
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-03 14
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 14