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REITER Ruslan
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthYekaterinburg, RUS
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bozeman, MT, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Aviation Studies - Montana State University: Bozeman, MT, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing in 2012 at Maranacook Middle School in Readfield, ME, United States of America. In his first race he was noticed by Tom Upham, who competed in Nordic skiing at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble and recommended him to national coaches at Team USA.
Why this sport?
One of his friends at school encouraged him to try skiing because he was good at endurance sports. "As soon as I got on skis I was like, this is the sport for me. I love this. I was a runner, too, and did cross-country, and I loved that it was basically the same but on skis."
Club / Team
Crosscut Elite Team: Bozeman, MT, USA
Name of coach
Seth Hubbard [club], USA
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
Aviation, building and flying model aeroplanes, plane spotting. (teamusa.org, 05 Jul 2019; teamusa.org, 16 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (centralmaine.com, 21 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His friend Zach Holman. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He won the Wow Factor award at the 2017 Varsity Maine Awards in the United States of America. (pressherald.com, 21 May 2017)
Other sports
He has competed in both Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games. (centralmaine.com, 21 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born with an underdeveloped right arm. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018; pressherald.com, 21 May 2017)
Other information
FROM RUSSIA TO THE UNITED STATES
He was adopted from an orphanage in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, by his US parents. Every day his mother Annie would visit an older orphan called Tonia, whom she had arranged to adopt, and he would always wave at Annie and show her his favourite toys, so she decided to adopt them both. "I don't really remember a whole lot about Russia. Very vague memories, not strong ones." (centralmaine.com, 28 Jan 2017)

FLYING ACROSS THE SNOW
He has had an interest in aeroplanes since childhood, and studied aviation at Montana State University. He finds his hobby has similarities to Para cross-country skiing. "In both, being organised and prepared is very important. You get prepared for a race by doing your pre-race routine the day before. You do your course review and then set a plan for how you're going to approach warm-ups and the race. When you get ready to do a flight, you do the same thing. The day before you look at the weather, get yourself prepared to fly and to fly the route safely. You basically brief your flight just like [how] in Nordic you brief yourself on the course." (teamusa.org, 16 Oct 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
16 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:52.9
11 2018 12.5km Middle - Standing 45:35.3
15 2018 15km Individual - Standing 52:12.1
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 4:51.40
7 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 26:07.6