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SLINKIN Mikhail
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country, Para snowboard
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthNyagan, RUS
Height1.79 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Anna, one son
Residence
Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Economics - Ugra State University: Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2016 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
"I switched from cross-country skiing and athletics to snowboarding. I learned that there are upper limb amputees in Para snowboarding and wished to try myself in this sport."
Club / Team
Ugra Adaptive Sports Centre: Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS
Name of coach
Evgeny Pronashko [national], RUS; Nikita Kovalenko [personal], RUS, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
European Cup
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Misha (ugra-news.ru, 16 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Fishing, football, fitness. (Athlete, 24 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in men's SB-UL snowboard cross at the 2019 World Cup Finals in Klovsjo, Sweden. (Athlete, 24 Dec 2020; IPC, 08 Apr 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nikita Kovalenko. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
French snowboarder Pierre Vaultier, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (ugra-news.ru, 16 Feb 2018; Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your boundaries are only in your head." (VK profile, 20 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Candidate for Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 24 Dec 2020; minsport.gov.ru, 29 May 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at the junior world championships, and won medals at the Russian junior national championships in Para cross-country skiing. (ugra-news.ru, 31 May 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 19 Dec 2018)
Impairment
His left arm was amputated above the elbow when he was a child. "I was age three when I underwent surgery for a heart defect. However, due to a medical error with a catheter, I developed thrombosis, and my arm had to be taken off almost entirely." (ugra.aif.ru, 28 Feb 2018)
Other information
SPORTS PROJECT
He is the co-founder of Free Training Ugra, a sports project launched in collaboration with the Ugra Olympic Council in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation. The project offers free fitness programmes led by well-known athletes for locals in the Ugra region of the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 24 Dec 2020; Free Training Ugra VK page, 12 Sep 2020)

OTHER ROLES
He has served as a member of the Civic Council within the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Ugra region of the Russian Federation. He has also served as vice president of the Ugra Olympic Council, and as co-ordinator of the Ugra Governor's advisory body for the impaired. (Athlete, 24 Dec 2020; Facebook profile, 11 Dec 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
16 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
10 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 57.00
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 43.62
3 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired