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SAKHANENKA Sviatlana
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Belarus   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthNavapolatsk, URS
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Raman Yashchanka
Further Personal Information
Residence
Minsk, BLR
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Tourism - Belarusian State Economic University: Minsk, BLR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age 11, and took up Para sport in 2009.
Why this sport?
She enrolled in a skiing club at her school. "I just liked this sport and skiing down the mountains."
Club / Team
Dynamo [BLR] / Republican Centre of Olympic Preparation in Paralympic Sports [BLR]:
Name of coach
Inessa Kozlova [personal], BLR, from 1999; Mikhail Lebedzev [personal], BLR, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Belarus
General Interest
Hobbies
Hiking, travel, mountain climbing. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in Para cross-country skiing [15km freestyle vision impaired] at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and coach Inessa Kozlova. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; minsknews.by, 08 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Belarusian rower Ekaterina Karsten. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The winner takes it all." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Belarus. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Other sports
She competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018; pressball.by, 13 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway, and the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Other information
MATERNITY LEAVE
She took a break from the sport during the 2018/19 season because she was pregnant. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 20:40.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 49:41.5
1 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 4:29.9
1 2018 7.5km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 22:32.8
5 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:51.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
3 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:12.3
2 2016/2017 5km - Visually Impaired 21:05.9