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IURKOVSKA Olena
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Sitting Volleyball
NPC Ukraine   
GenderWomen
Age35
Place of BirthKiev, URS
Height1.76 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Sergiy Khyzhnyak
Residence
Kiev, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi State Pedagogical University: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
At age 13 she took up sitting volleyball. She then took up para-skiing and biathlon at age 16 in Kiev after she had been in the mountains for the first time and loved it.
Why this sport?
Once she tried the sport she found it addictive and wanted to keep on doing it.
Club / Team
Invasport: Kiev, UKR
Name of coach
Valery Kazakov
Coach from which country?
Ukraine
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Ukraine
General Interest
Nicknames
Lena (invasport.org.ua, 22 Oct 2013)
Hobbies
Spending time with her family, fishing with friends. (other.sport.ua, 11 Mar 2010; naiu.org.ua, 01 Apr 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the first of her four gold medals won at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, and her coach. (other.sport.ua, 23 Mar 2010; Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Injuries
She injured her shoulder and elbow joints at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (other.sport.ua, 11 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never stop striving to achieve your goals." (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (invasport.org.ua, 22 Oct 2013)

She was Ukraine's flagbearer at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (sportaso.info, 13 Mar 2010)

In 2006 she was given the highest decoration of Ukraine, the title of Hero of Ukraine. (gorod.cn.ua, 23 Feb 2009)
Other sports
She was a member of Ukraine's sitting volleyball team at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. She has also competed in both para-biathlon and cross-country skiing. (other.sport.ua, 23 Mar 2010; Paralympic.org, 2014)
Famous relatives
Her husband Sergiy Khyzhnyak also competed in para-Nordic skiing and participated in the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2013, he switched to shooting. (goroduman.com, 23 Mar 2010; invasport.org.ua, 22 Oct 2013; Athlete, 17 Jan 2014)
Impairment
She had chickenpox at age three. Complications from the illness were so serious that doctors had to amputate her legs. (gorod.cn.ua, 23 Feb 2009; Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 7.5km Individual - Sitting 30:41.8
1 2006 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 28:03.4
1 2006 10km Individual - Sitting 35:09.1
1 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
2 2010 10km Individual - Sitting 37:07.8
3 2014 6km Sprint - Sitting 19:39.6
4 2014 10km Middle - Sitting 34:49.2
3 2014 12.5km Individual - Sitting 41:30.8
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 2.5km - Sitting 9:38.2
3 2002 5km - Sitting 21:18.3
3 2002 10km - Sitting 35:25.6
1 2006 2.5km - Sitting 8:27.9
1 2006 5km - Sitting 16:39.7
2 2006 10km - Sitting 31:50.9
3 2006 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:54.5
3 2010 10km - Sitting 32:43.5
4 2010 5km - Sitting 15:19.7
2 2010 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 20:42.7
2 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
Semifinals 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 3:05.4
2 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:17.9 
14 2014 5km - Sitting 18:23.8
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002/2003 10km Individual - Sitting 49:24.5
1 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 30:50.1
3 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 35:34.5
2 2004/2005 10km Individual - Sitting 41:56.0
1 2008/2009 3km Pursuit - Sitting  
1 2008/2009 10km Individual - Sitting 45:12.3
2 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 12:18.6
1 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:02.3
2 2010/2011 10km Individual - Sitting 37:11.1
1 2012/2013 6km Sprint - Sitting 21:17.3
1 2012/2013 10km Middle - Sitting 38:11.8
3 2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Sitting 45:02.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002/2003 2.5km - Sitting 9:50.7
2 2002/2003 5km - Sitting 19:31.4
2 2002/2003 10km - Sitting 40:40.0
2 2004/2005 5km - Sitting 18:59.6
4 2004/2005 2.5km - Sitting 8:50.6
4 2004/2005 10km - Sitting 36:57.3
2 2004/2005 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:06.1
2 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 34:52.2
2 2008/2009 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:11.8
2 2008/2009 5km - Sitting LW10-12 17:46.2
1 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
8 2010/2011 5km - Sitting 14:44.7
6 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
2 2010/2011 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 20:40.3
2 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
9 2012/2013 5km - Sitting 15:26.1