Vitaliy Lukyanenko15 May 1978
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Gold: biathlon sprint and long distance
- 2017/18 Biathlon World Cup – Overall third
- 2017 World Championships – Bronze: biathlon long distance
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games – Gold: biathlon sprint and middle distance; Silver: cross-country open relay; Bronze: biathlon long distance
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.
Prince George 2019 will present another good opportunity for Lukyanenko to finally achieve his long-time goal.