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    Oleksandra Kononova

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    Ukraine Ukraine Para Nordic skiing 28 February 1991

    Kiev, Ukraine

    female Para Nordic skier Oleksandra Kononova

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Classification LW8
    Further Personal Information
    Family Daughter Adriana
    Residence Brovary, UKR
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages Russian, Ukrainian
    Higher education Sport Studies - Institute of Physical Education: Pereyaslav-Khmel’nyts’kyy, UKR
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She took up skiing in 2003 in Kiev, Ukraine. She began competing in Para skiing in 2007.
    Why this sport? She saw some teenagers who were skiing on roller skis and wanted to try it. She then began skiing under coach Anatoly Zavedeev.
    Club / Team Invasport: Ukraine
    Name of coach Vasyl Mukshyn [biathlon], UKR; Anatoly Zavedeev [cross-country skiing], UKR
    General Interest
    Nicknames Sasha (kp.ua, 07 Apr 2010)
    Hobbies Embroidery. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in 12.5km individual standing biathlon race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
    Awards and honours She was decorated with Ukrainian Orders for Merits, third and second grades, for her achievements at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. (president.gov.ua, 23 Aug 2014, 25 Mar 2010)

    In 2011 she won the Best Games Debut award at the IPC Paralympic Awards in recognition of her performance at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (paralympic.org.ua, 09 Feb 2012)

    She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018; dsmsu.gov.ua, 31 May 2018)
    Other sports She competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (paralympic.org, 2016)
    Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2018)
    Impairment She had osteomyelitis [a bone infection] as a baby, and her right hand was affected. (kp.ua, 07 Apr 2010)

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