Leanid Karneyenka

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Leanid Karneyenka
KARNEYENKA Leanid Tour de ski 2010.jpg
Karneyenka in 2010.
Medal record
World Championships
Men's cross country skiing
Silver medal – second place 2007 Sapporo 15 km

Leanid Karneyenka (Belarusian: Леанід Карніенка, born August 20, 1987) is a Belarusian cross country skier who has competed since 2005. He became the first Belarusian to win a medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships by winning a silver medal in the men's 15 km. This he achieved at the 2007 World Championships without any prior World Cup experience and with a previous best of 16th from the World Junior Championships in 2006.[1] On the FIS distance ranking, he was placed 647th.[2] However, the low ranking gave him an early start position in the 15 km freestyle, which helped as the late starters had to go through snowy tracks while Karneyenka avoided the snow.[3] Karneyenka was described as "completely unknown" by several media sources, and the feat described as "sensational".[4]

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he finished 51st in the individual sprint event and 63rd in the 15 km event. He also finished 21st in the 15 km event at the 2010 Winter Military World Games.[1]


  1. ^ a b Leanid Karneyenka at the International Ski Federation
  2. ^ 2nd Cross-Country List 2006/2007, from FIS, retrieved 28 February 2007
  3. ^ Berger wins 15-km title, from Eurosport, retrieved 28 February 2007
  4. ^ (in German) Johannes Eder über 15 km knapp an Bronze vorbei, Vorarlberg Online, from Austrian Press Agency, retrieved 28 February 2007