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DAROVSKIKH Valery
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age57
Place of BirthKirov, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8, LW8
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Son Alexander
Residence
Russia
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up skiing when he was a child.
Name of coach
Irina Gromova [head national coach] Dmitry Gromov
Coach from which country?
Russia
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
Olympic Winter Games
Location
Nagano
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching movies, television, farming. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Awards and honours
He has been decorated with the Order of the Red Star, the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, and a medal awarded by the Afghan people thanking him for his contribution in restoring peace during the Afghan War. (rezeptsport.ru, 23 Mar 2011)

In 2008 he was named Best Athlete of the Kirov region. (davecha.ru, 26 Dec 2008)
Impairment
He was wounded during the Afghan War [1979 -1989] in an explosion that damaged his vision. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 1998 7.5km Individual LW6/8 30:32.1
2 2002 7.5km Individual - Standing 19:36.3
4 2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing 22:47.4
4 2006 12.5km Individual - Standing 40:27.2
6 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing  
12 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 41:19.5
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
16 1998 5km Classic Style LW5/7,6/8 19:08.4
14 1998 15km Freestyle LW5/7,6/8 35:01.5
17 1998 20km Classic Style LW2-9 1:22:30.1
10 2002 5km Classic Style LW5-9 14:58.5
6 2002 10km Freestyle LW5-9 27:06.8
12 2002 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:05:45.7
  2006 5km - Standing  DNS
17 2010 10km Classic Style - Standing 34:13.6
24 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Standing 47:53.6
11 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Standing 27:21.3
4 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Standing 26:12.9
1 2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Standing 40:39.2
13 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
6 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 44:10.0
6 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Standing 12:08.7
8 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:20.1
10 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Standing 42:30.1
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
13 2002/2003 5km - Standing 16:19.8
12 2002/2003 10km - Standing 35:12.3
16 2002/2003 20km - Standing 1:18:34.6
10 2004/2005 10km - Standing 31:18.2
6 2004/2005 1 x 3.75 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 42:33.5 
14 2008/2009 10km Freestyle LW2-9 30:11.3
17 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9