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VLADYKINA Olesya
Sport Para swimming
NPC Russia   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthMoscow, URS
Height1.80 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Sport Management - Moscow State University: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming seriously at age nine in Moscow, Russia. She had grown up practising the sport, and took it up again two months after the bus crash in which she lost her left arm.
Why this sport?
Before she began training, she studied classical ballet, attended music school and studied English. When she went to the pool, she wanted to become a swimmer right away. As swimming became more important to her, she eventually dropped ballet, then dropped music, and finally dropped English.
Club / Team
Youth of Moscow: Russia
Name of coach
Sergey Zhilkin, RUS, from 2006
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Beijing, CHN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the 100m breaststroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing in a world record time. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Russian swimmer Alexander Popov. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anything that does not kill us makes us stronger." (Athlete, 05 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (paraswim.ru, 10 Apr 2016)

She received the Order of Honour in recognition of her performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (pravo.gov.ru, 10 Sep 2012)

For her performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, she received the Order of Friendship from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 30 Sep 2009)

In 2008 she received the Comeback in Life Award from the Russian Paralympic Committee. (stadium.ru, 23 Dec 2008)
Other sports
She was a professional able-bodied swimmer for 10 years before her accident. (paralympic.org, 31 Jul 2011)
Ambitions
To work in regional sports, to stay in Russia and help improve the situation for people with an impairment, and to see the world and raise a family. (nasha-molodezh.ru, 25 Mar 2013; ampgirl.ru, 15 Jan 2013; newizv.ru, 17 Sep 2008)
Impairment
At age 20 her left arm was amputated after the bus she was travelling on with a friend in Thailand was involved in an accident. Her friend Aleksandra died in the crash and despite four operations, doctors were unable to save Vladykina's arm. After she won gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, she dedicated the victory to her friend. (atu.ru, 09 Nov 2012; sochi2014.com, 20 Mar 2010; newizv.ru, 17 Sep 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:20.58
4 2008 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:53.79
1 2012 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:17.17
4 2012 50m Freestyle S8 31.59
6 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:37.31
3 2012 100m Backstroke S8 1:20.20
2 2012 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:41.79
5 2012 100m Freestyle S8 1:10.50
4 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:54.36
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:48.71
1 2010 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:20.98
8 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points  DNS
3 2010 50m Freestyle S8 32.43
10 2010 100m Freestyle S8 1:27.39
3 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:02.26
3 2013 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:45.47
1 2013 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:18.40
4 2013 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:37.80
4 2013 50m Freestyle S8 31.89
2 2013 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:59.51
1 2015 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:17.47
2 2015 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:41.06
3 2015 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.79
3 2015 50m Freestyle S8 31.65
3 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:56.66
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:15.54
1 2009 100m Individual Medley SM8 1:12.27
1 2009 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:35.83
2 2009 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:57.92
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.57
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:46.36
1 2014 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:20.93
  2014 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points  DSQ
3 2014 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:40.31
3 2014 50m Freestyle S8 31.90
2 2014 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:07.05
1 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:09.97
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:44.27
3 2016 100m Butterfly S8 1:17.62
2 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:40.64
2 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:22.00
1 2016 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:18.98
3 2016 50m Freestyle S8 31.84
2 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:58.79