Ukraine at the 2018 Winter Paralympics

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Ukraine sent people to compete at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. People from Ukraine competed in para-alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing and para-snowboarding. The National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine, Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and Lifecell helped the team go to the Winter Paralympics. They gave the team money, clothes and mobile phones. They also gave money to pay for people to practice for their races.

On the first day of competition, Anatolii Kovalevskyi, Liudmyla Liashenko, Vitaliy Luk'yanenko, Ihor Reptyukh and Oksana Shyshkova all won medals in the biathlon. The Government of Ukraine gives monetary awards to Paralympic Games medalists. For the 2018 Winter Paralympics, dold medalists get USD$125,000, silver medalists get USD$80,000 and bronze medalists get USD$55,000.

Team[change | change source]

The first time Ukraine sent people to the Winter Paralympics was in 1998. At the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Ukraine was the fourth country by total medals won.[1] People from Ukraine went to Pyeongchang to compete in para-alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing and para-snowboarding.[1]

The table below contains the list of members of people (called "Team Ukraine") that will be participating in the 2018 Games.

Team Ukraine
Name Sport Gender Classification Events ref
Oleksandra Kononova para-Nordic skiing female LW2-9 biathlon [2][3]
Anatolii Kovalevskyi para-Nordic skiing male biathlon [4]
Liudmyla Liashenko para-Nordic skiing female biathlon [3][4]
Vitaliy Luk'yanenko para-Nordic skiing male biathlon [4]
Ihor Reptyukh para-Nordic skiing male biathlon [4]
Oksana Shyshkova para-Nordic skiing female B2 biathlon [4]

Help for the team[change | change source]

Help for the team was given by the National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine, Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and a mobile phone company named Lifecell.[1]

The government of the Ukraine gave money to the national team for the 2018 Winter Paralympics. The money was for clothes, footwear and accessories for competition, and the opening and closing of the 2018 Paralympics.[5] The government gave people UAH 20.2 million in 2017 to practice for the Winter Paralympics. In 2018, the government gave people UAH 10.27 million.[6]

Lifecell gave mobile phones to members of the team. The phones could be used in Pyeongchang by people from the Ukraine for free.[1]

Para-Nordic skiing[change | change source]

People from Ukraine thought the best luck to win a medal was in the biathlon.[7][8]

Schedule[change | change source]

On 12 March, the 15 km race takes place, with standing and vision impaired women starting at 10:00 PM. Thee sprint classic qualification takes place on 14 March from 10:00 AM – 11:25 AM for both men and women in all classes. It is followed in the afternoon by the semifinals and finals.  The classic race takes place on 17 March. The standing and visually impaired women's race takes place from 10:00 AM - 12:30.[9]

Results[change | change source]

Biathlon[change | change source]

In the men's 7.5 km standing race,  Benjamin Daviet of France won gold, Mark Arendz won silver and Ihor Reptyukh of Ukraine won bronze.[4] In the men's 7.5 km visually impaired race,  Vitaliy Luk'yanenko of Ukraine won gold, Yury Holub of Belarus won silver and Anatolii Kovalevskyi of Ukraine won bronze.[4] In the women's 6 km biathlon standing race,  Ekaterina Rumyantseva won gold, Anna Milenina won silver, and Liudmyla Liashenko of Ukraine won bronze.[4] In the women's 6 km biathlon visually impaired race,  Mikhalina Lysova won gold,  Oksana Shyshkova of Ukraine won silver and Sviatlana Sakhanenka of Belarus won bronze.[4]

Cross country skiing[change | change source]

In cross country skiing's men's 15 km sitting race, Maksym Yarovyi of Ukraine won gold, Daniel Cnossen of the United States won silver, and Sin Eui Hyun won bronze.[4]

Medalists[change | change source]

Ukrainian sportspeople who win a Paralympic medal get money from the government as part of an work of the government to bring dignity and make life better for Paralympians compared to Ukrainian Olympians. Gold medalists get USD$125,000. Silver medalists get USD$80,000. Bronze medalists get USD$55,000.[6][10][11]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "До Паралімпіади-2018 у Пхенчхані залишилося 50 днів. Чи буде зв'язок із Кореєю?" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  2. "PyeongChang 2018 Sport Week: Five biathlon storylines". www.paralympic.org. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "2009" (PDF). The Ukraine Weekly.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 "Daily Medalists: 10 March". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  5. "Наказ Міністерства молоді та спорту України від 30.11.2017 № 5009 | Мiнiстерство молоді та спорту України". dsmsu.gov.ua. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Підготовки до участі спортсменів України у зимових Олімпійських та Паралімпійських іграх | Управління фізичної культури і спорту Київської обласної державної адміністрації". sport-koda.org (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  7. "Жданов: у Пхьончхані-2018 найбільше сподіваємося на біатлон" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  8. "Ігор Жданов: На Олімпіаді-2018 у Пхьончхані найбільше сподіваємося на біатлон". zik.ua (in ua). Retrieved 2018-02-16.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  9. "Programm". Austrian Paralympic Committee (in German). 12 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  10. "Zhdánov: UAH265,5 millones se gastaron en los preparativos para los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno" (in Galician). Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  11. "Жданов: у Пхьончхані-2018 найбільше сподіваємося на біатлон" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2018-02-16.