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a male Para Nordic skier

Taras Rad

Nordic Skiing
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Taras Rad had a Winter Paralympic debut to remember as he claimed gold in the men’s biathlon middle distance sitting at PyeongChang 2018. The youngster is the newest man in a long line of prolific Nordic skiers coming from Ukraine.

He had also enjoyed success in the 2016-17 season.

Rad claimed triple silver in the biathlon sprint, middle and long distance events at his first World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. He also finished second in the 2016-17 biathlon World Cup overall rankings.

Rad injured his leg at 14 years old, the wound was not treated properly at the hospital he went to and he caught an infection. Doctors later had to amputate it to save his life.

Soon after, Rad was introduced to cross-country skiing and biathlon through the Invasport Para sports organisation in Ukraine. He had practiced football and athletics before having his leg amputated and wanted to continue being involved in sports.

Coach Viktor Fedorchak encouraged him to start training biathlon more seriously.

Rad now trains 12 times a week on the snow. He also goes to a swimming pool three times a week and cycles to school every day.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12

Further personal information

Residence
Ternopil, UKR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Ukrainian
Higher education
Physical Education - Ternopil National Pedagogical University: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to Para Nordic skiing in 2015 in Ternopil, Ukraine, through the Invasport Para sports organisation.
Why this sport?
He was involved in athletics and football before the amputation of his leg, and wanted to stay involved in sports by trying something new. After trying several Para sports, he was noticed by coach Viktor Fedorchak and encouraged to start training seriously.
Club / Team
Invasport: Ternopil, UKR
Name of coach
Vasyl Mukshyn, UKR; Valery Kazakov, UKR; Viktor Fedorchak [personal], UKR, from 2014

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Vuokatti, FIN

General interest

Hobbies
Going on road trips. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 12.5km sitting biathlon event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian biathlete Yuliia Dzhima. (bbc.com, 23 Mar 2018; Athlete, 18 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport makes you more confident. It teaches you how to cope with barriers, challenges, and losses. Never give up. Improve yourself. It also makes you more open to the world." (radiosvoboda.org, 13 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In recognition of his achievements at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he received the Order for Merits [third class] of Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 29 Mar 2018)

He was selected as Ukraine's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (tnpu.edu.ua, 01 Nov 2021)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (mms.gov.ua, 31 May 2021)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win multiple medals at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bbc.com, 23 Mar 2018)
Impairment
Following a leg injury at age 14, his wound was not treated properly in hospital and developed an infection. In 2014, doctors amputated his left leg to save his life. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022; te.20minut.ua, 27 Jul 2021; invak.info, 31 May 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-11 2
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 8
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-14 2
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2017-02-18 2
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 6
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 4
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 7
Men's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 1
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 5
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 4
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 4
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-16 1
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 3
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 3
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2019-02-20 1
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-21 1
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 2