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POPOV Ilia
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthObninsk, URS
Height1.73 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Further Personal Information
Residence
Obninsk, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2010 in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
After playing para-football for about a year, he learned about an ice sledge hockey club and switched to the sport.
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
2012
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Czech Republic
General Interest
Hobbies
Music, playing football. (Athlete, 12 Dec 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 father. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2015)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, Russian mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I am here, why not be the best?" (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 2016 European Championships. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2015)
Impairment
In 2002 he lost his leg during a terrorist attack on a military parade in Kaspiysk, Russian Federation. (expert.ru, 06 Nov 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 Team