a male Para Nordic skier

Ukraine Taras Rad

2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships: Silver - biathlon sprint, middle and long distance
2016-17 Biathlon World Cup: Overall second

Taras Rad enjoyed a successful second season in his career, showing Ukraine’s growth in depth in Nordic skiing.

The youngster claimed triple silver in the biathlon sprint, middle and long distance events at his first World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. He also finished second in the 2016-17 Biathlon World Cup overall rankings.

He will be hoping to take it one step forward at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Rad injured his leg at 14 years old, the wound was not treated properly at the hospital he went to and caught an infection. Doctors later had to amputate his leg in order to save his life.

Soon after, Rad was introduced to cross-country skiing and biathlon through the Invasport Para sports organisation in Ukraine. He had practiced football and athletics before having his leg amputated and wanted to continue being involved in sports.

Coach Viktor Fedorchak encouraged him to start training biathlon more seriously.

Rad now trains 12 times a week on the snow. He also goes to a swimming pool three times a week and cycles to school every day.