Ukraine took home three gold medals in the biathlon and seven overall after the first day of competition at the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing. Vitalii Lukianenko, who won gold in the men’s sprint vision-impaired event, told reporters that Ukraine’s success was “중대한” for the people back home.
“I’m really proud that we have the Ukrainian podiums today, because it’s really important for our country … 또한, I want to say hello to all my relatives who are in Kharkiv now. Please be strong,” 그는 말했다, 통하다 로이터. “I want to dedicate this medal to the guys who protect our cities. Not only on the borders of the country, but on the borders of the city they protect us, and I dedicate this medal to them.”
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons said last week that getting the Ukrainian team to Beijing safely would be a “mammoth challenge.” Ukrainian Paralympic Committee President Valeriy Sushkevych told reporters Thursday it took more than four days for the team to get to China.
“It’s a miracle that we’re here. … A part of our team was already abroad. A part of our team was in Ukraine. All the necessary equipment was in Ukraine. … We had to unite all those parts,” Sushkevych said.
“그것은 25 years I am president of the National Paralympic Committee of the Ukraine. And never was it so difficult, so heavy to come to the Paralympic Games.”
Sushkevych added it may not be so easy returning home, especially if the fighting escalates.
No athletes from Russia or Belarus are competing in the Games after the IPC reversed its decision to allow them to compete as “neutrals.”
China is second in the medal table and first in the medal count with two gold medals and eight overall.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.