a female Para Nordic skier

Ukraine Oksana Shyshkova

10 June 1991Ukraine
2017 World Championships: Gold - biathlon sprint and long distance, cross-country middle distance; Silver - biathlon middle distance; and cross-country sprint and long distance
2016-2017 Biathlon World Cup: Overall first
2015 World Championships: Silver - biathlon short and middle distance and cross-country sprint; Bronze - cross-country short distance
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: Bronze - biathlon short, middle and individual and cross-country sprint
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2016-2017 was a breakthrough season for Oksana Shyshkova, who claimed her first World titles at Finsterau 2017 and also ended top of the biathlon World Cup overall rankings, as well as second in cross-country.

The Ukrainian won the women’s biathlon sprint and long distance sitting, and the cross-country middle distance races at the 2017 World Championships. She followed that up with silver in the biathlon middle distance; and cross-country sprint and long distance

That was a great indication of form for her in the lead-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, where she will go for her first Paralympic titles.

Shyshkova began her active life in a circus school and toured Germany as part of a choir when she was a youngster. She has always been into sports too, playing football and practicing athletics before her former coach suggested she try Nordic skiing.

She was 17 when she first skied through the trails of Ukraine and. Only six years later, she would stand on the podium at Sochi 2014 four times across biathlon and cross-country events, all of them bronze medals.