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ZARIPOV Irek
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthSterlitamak, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Elena, son Ainur, daughter Diana
Residence
Sterlitamak, RUS
Occupation
Athlete, Politician
Languages
Russian, English
Higher education
Ural Academy of Physical Culture: Chelyabinsk, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-skiing in 2004, although he had skied before his accident.
Why this sport?
His parents persuaded him to take part in sports after his accident at age 17, because he was sitting at home being inactive and gaining weight. He first tried athletics, swimming and table tennis, and in 2004 he made the Bashkir Republic athletics team. Following this, after advice from specialists, he took up skiing and biathlon.
Club / Team
School of Highest Sports Skill: Russia
Name of coach
Amir Gumerov [national], RUS; Irina Gromova [national], RUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Russia
Location
Italy
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to techno music, playing guitar, cars, athletics, table tennis, swimming. (neinvalid.ru, 23 Sep 2010; sovsport.ru, 15 Apr 2010)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Ufa1.ru, 13 Nov 2010)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (sport-express.ru, 22 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I feel like an adequate person. I have everything needed for happiness - a home, a family and a sport that returned me to life." (novayagazeta.ru, 23 Dec 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he was nominated in the category of World Sportsman of the Year with a Disability in the Laureus Sports Awards. Para-athlete Oscar Pistorius ultimately won. (laureus.com, 10 Feb 2014)

He holds the national sports title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russia. (bestpeopleofrussia.ru, 23 Oct 2012)

He was decorated with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland in 2010. (rezeptsport.ru, 22 Mar 2011)

For his performances at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin he was awarded the Certificate of Honour of the Republic of Bashkortostan. (bestpeopleofrussia.ru, 23 Oct 2012)
Other sports
He also competes in para-biathlon. (bestpeopleofrussia.ru, 10 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (timetolive.ru, 26 Dec 2012; neinvalid.ru, 23 Sep 2010)
Impairment
At age 17 he had both legs amputated after his motorcycle was involved in an accident with a truck. (lifesports.ru, 24 Mar 2010; bestpeopleofrussia..ru, 23 Oct 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT AFTER SOCHI 2014
After he has competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, he aims to retire from competitive sport. "I hope my farewell with the sport will be positive, then I plan to start a political career." (rbth.co.uk, 17 Dec 2013)

POLITICIAN
He is a deputy of the State Assembly of Bashkortostan, Russia. (rbth.co.uk, 17 Dec 2013)

DOCUMENTARY
He was the subject of a documentary film called 'Born Again' directed by Vilyur Isyandavletov, which was shown at the Kazan Muslim Film Festival in Russia in 2012. (timetolive.ru, 26 Dec 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 26:04.9
7 2006 12.5km Individual - Sitting 45:57.9
1 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
1 2010 12.5km Individual - Sitting 41:22.4
10 2014 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:35.8
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
15 2006 5km - Sitting 17:04.2
7 2006 15km - Sitting 43:46.4
1 2010 15km - Sitting 41:01.1
1 2010 10km - Sitting 27:12.1
2 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
2 2014 15km - Sitting 41:55.1 
4 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:32.3
7 2014 10km - Sitting 32:25.2
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008/2009 3km Pursuit - Sitting  
  2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Sitting  DNF
2 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 10:08.0
1 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 19:37.0
1 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Sitting 33:51.7
4 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 21:49.2
5 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Sitting 37:18.1
3 2012/2013 15km Individual - Sitting 45:48.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008/2009 15km - Sitting LW10-12 49:10.9
2 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 33:14.5
3 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
1 2010/2011 10km - Sitting 24:31.0
2 2010/2011 15km - Sitting 35:43.6
3 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
18 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 46:27.3
  2012/2013 10km - Sitting  DNS