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POLYAKOVA Irina
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Russia   
GenderWomen
Age57
Place of BirthKazan, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12, LW12
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Vitali
Residence
Kazan, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up skiing at age 35.
Why this sport?
She tried swimming and tennis first. When she found out there was skiing for disabled, she decided to give it a try.
Name of coach
Farida Safiullina
Coach from which country?
Russia
Coach from what year?
1989
General Interest
Hobbies
Knitting, skiing, rollerskating. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2005 IPC World Championships. (ski.ru, 18 May 2006)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always takes her knitting needles and yarns to a competition and knits in her spare time. At the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver she knitted five pairs of socks for her family and her coach. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Awards and honours
She was decorated with the Order of Merit for the Fatherland and with the medal "For the Valiant Labour". (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and possibly to work as a coach. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)
Impairment
She fell under a tram at age two and lost both shins. (dislife.ru, 10 Apr 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 1998 7.5km Individual - Sitting LW10-12 49:56.8
5 2002 7.5km Individual - Sitting 31:41.4
5 2006 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 32:50.9
4 2006 10km Individual - Sitting 38:38.9
4 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
5 2010 10km Individual - Sitting 39:56.5
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 1998 2.5km - Sitting LW10-12 12:03.1
8 1998 5km - Sitting LW10-12 23:50.0
8 1998 10km - Sitting LW10-12 57:33.4
6 2002 2.5km - Sitting 9:59.1
5 2002 5km - Sitting 22:03.0
8 2002 10km - Sitting 37:11.5
2 2002 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 33:07.7
4 2006 2.5km - Sitting 9:00.0
6 2006 5km - Sitting 18:01.4
  2006 10km - Sitting  DNS
1 2006 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 23:31.4
9 2010 5km - Sitting 16:26.1
7 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002/2003 10km Individual - Sitting 50:14.9
2 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 30:58.8
1 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 34:16.9
4 2004/2005 10km Individual - Sitting 44:23.7
4 2008/2009 3km Pursuit - Sitting  
2 2008/2009 10km Individual - Sitting 47:03.2
7 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 15:28.1
7 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 27:39.0
5 2010/2011 10km Individual - Sitting 39:05.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002/2003 2.5km - Sitting 9:54.3
5 2002/2003 5km - Sitting 20:09.5
1 2002/2003 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:18.0
5 2002/2003 10km - Sitting 42:23.2
5 2004/2005 5km - Sitting 19:17.3
6 2004/2005 2.5km - Sitting 9:14.8
1 2004/2005 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:49.4
5 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 36:46.8
1 2008/2009 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 23:40.9
  2008/2009 5km - Sitting LW10-12  DNS
9 2010/2011 5km - Sitting 14:55.3
7 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting