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male Para Nordic skier Vitaliy Lukyanenko

Vitaliy Luk'yanenko

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Vitaliy Lukyanenko, guided by Borys Babar, did not have the best start to the season as he could only grab one bronze across two World Cups in the men’s biathlon vision impaired.

But what the Ukrainian especially enjoys is competing on the biggest stage of all. At PyeongChang 2018, Lukyanenko took his fifth and sixth Winter Paralympic titles in the sprint and long distance races.

Four years before, he claimed two golds and one bronze in biathlon and one cross-country silver in Sochi.

Lukyanenko had to undergo surgery shortly afterwards and stopped skiing for two years. In 2016, his teammates convinced him to return to competition.

Despite holding six golds, one silver and two bronze at the Paralympic Winter Games, Lukyanenko has yet to seal a world title.

He has won six silvers and three bronze in biathlon, and one silver and three bronze in cross-country skiing across six editions of the World Championships.

Prince George 2019 will present another good opportunity for Lukyanenko to finally achieve his long-time goal.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Borys Babar, UKR

Further personal information

Family
Wife Tamara, son Yury, daughter Anastasia
Residence
Kharkiv, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Education: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1987 in Sumy, Ukraine. In 1997 he started training at the Invasport sport centre for Para athletes in Sumy, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
"During my childhood, biathlon was a very fashionable sport."
Club / Team
Invasport: Ukraine
Name of coach
Borys Babar, UKR, from 2012

International debut

Year
1997
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Switzerland

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 12.5km biathlon race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In 2009 he dislocated his shoulder. In December of the same year he injured his back during a training session in Canada. (kp.ua, 18 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't underestimate your rival." (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In December 2018 he was named an Honourable Citizen in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. (oblrada.kharkov.ua, 06 Dec 2018)

He was flag bearer for Ukraine at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

In recognition of his achievements at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018, he was decorated with three national Orders for Merits, the Order for Courage [third grade] and the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise [fifth grade] in Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 29 Mar 2018, 23 Aug 2014; paralympic.org.ua, 08 Mar 2010)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 31 May 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. (fakty.ua, 23 Mar 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He started losing his sight at age five due to optic atrophy. (fakty.ua, 01 Apr 2010)
Other information
HIATUS
After competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, he required surgery and did not train for about two years. In 2016 his teammates convinced him to return in the sport ahead of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (fakty.ua, 23 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Blind Final Round 11
Men's 1x2.5/2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 5
Men's 20 km Free Technique Visually impaired Final Round 16
Men's 10 km Free Technique B3 Final Round 4
Men's 5 km Classical Technique B3 Final Round 3
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5 km Visually impaired Final Round 7
Men's 10 km Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Men's 20 km Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Men's 1x3.75/2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 3
Men's 7.5 km Blind Final Round 2
Men's 12.5 km Blind Final Round 1
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually impaired Semifinal 5
Men's 10 km Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 2
Men's 12.5 km Individual Visually impaired Final Round 3
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Qualification 1
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Final Round 1
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic VI Final 2013-02-25 9
Men's Short Distance VI Final 2013-02-28 5
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2013-03-01 2
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2013-03-03 2
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 1
Men's 12.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-11 1
Men's 15 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 3
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 2
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2017-02-11 4
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2017-02-14 3
Men's Sprint VI Final 2017-02-18 4
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-19 12
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-10 1
Men's 12.5km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-13 4
Men's 15km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-16 1
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2019-02-16 2
Men's Sprint VI Final 2019-02-20 5
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2019-02-21 1