Oksana Shyshkova Ones to watch
female Para Nordic skier Oksana Shyshkova
Para Nordic skiing 10 June 1991


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Human Interest
Data Value
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Vision impairment
Classification B2
Guide Vitalii Kazakov
Further Personal Information
Residence Kharkiv, UKR
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages Russian, Ukrainian, English
Higher education Management - Kharkiv State Veterinary Academy: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began skiing in 2008 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Why this sport? She has liked sports since childhood. She played football and was involved in athletics before her first coach Mykola Vorchak suggested she try skiing. "Once I tried it I couldn't stop doing this sport even though I don't like winter and cold weather. I really like this sport because you can open something new for yourself and every day, every time you have so many details you can improve and discover. It's a really hard sport but it's my sport and I really like it."
Club / Team Invasport: Kharkiv, UKR
Name of coach Valery Kazakov [cross-country skiing], UKR; Volodymyr Ivanov [biathlon], UKR; Vitalii Kazakov [cross-country skiing, biathlon], UKR
General Interest
Nicknames Ksyusha (VK profile, 17 Dec 2018)
Hobbies All sports. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement Her performances at the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany, and the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours In December 2018 she was named an Honourable Citizen in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. (oblrada.kharkov.ua, 06 Dec 2018)

In recognition of her performances at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, she received the Orders of Princess Olga [third and second grades] in Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 29 Mar 2018, 23 Aug 2014)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Other sports She has received the title of Master of Sport in Para athletics in Ukraine. She also competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018; Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives Her great grandfather Vyacheslav Shishkov was a well-known writer in the Russian Federation and the Soviet Union. (fakty.ua, 20 Mar 2018)
Impairment At age 10 her vision started to deteriorate. (paralympic.org.ua, 08 Mar 2010)

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