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SELYUKIN Vadim
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthKiselyovsk, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Irina, daughter Ekaterina
Residence
Kubinka, RUS
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Management - Moscow State Open University: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing ice sledge hockey in early 2009 in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
He saw ice sledge hockey on television during the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, and knew he wanted to join a team. Along with some friends, he then began training with the Phoenix club in the Moscow region of Russian Federation.
Club / Team
Phoenix: Russia
Name of coach
Nikolay Sharshukov [club], RUS; Sergey Samoylov [national], RUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Russia
General Interest
Hobbies
Driving cars, diving, keeping fish. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
His wife Irina, and coach Sergey Samoylov. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014; mk.ru, 16 May 2012)
Hero / Idol
Russian para-athlete Alexander Filatov. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no authority on the ice." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russian Federation. (team-russia2014.ru, 18 Mar 2014)

He received the Order For Merit to the Fatherland [first grade] in Russian Federation, in recognition of his performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (kremlin.ru, 17 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and at the world championships. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2015)
Impairment
In 2002 he was serving with the Russian Armed Forces when he was injured in an explosion. He had both of his legs amputated after they developed gangrene. (paralympic.org, 04 Apr 2013; mk.ru, 16 May 2012)
Other information
NATIONAL PIONEER
In 2004 he set up a sports club for people with impairments. This developed to form the majority of the original core of the Russian Federation national ice sledge hockey team. "It was strange at the beginning. There were very few of us at the first training session. It's still hockey, just with two sticks, one in each hand. We were just staring at one another not knowing what to do. We tried the hockey sledge but couldn't handle it at first. We were falling down constantly." (paralympic.org, 10 Feb 2014; rt.com, 08 Jan 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 Team  
3 2015 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Team