Ukraine at the 2014 Winter Olympics
|Ukraine at the|
2014 Winter Olympics
|NOC||National Olympic Committee of Ukraine|
|Competitors||43 (19 men, 24 women) in 9 sports|
|Flag bearer||Valentina Shevchenko (opening)|
Vita Semerenko (closing)
|Winter Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
| Russian Empire (1900–1912)|
Soviet Union (1952–1988)
Unified Team (1992)
The women's relay victory gave Ukraine its second Winter Games gold medal ever. The first was won by Oksana Baiul at the 1994 Winter Olympics. On 22 February, cross-country skier Marina Lisogor was excluded from the Olympics after testing positive for trimetazidine.
The following is the list of number of competitors participating at the Games per sport/discipline.
|Short track speed skating||0||1||1|
|Biathlon||Women's relay||21 February|
|Silver||Vita Semerenko||Biathlon||Women's sprint||9 February|
Ukraine qualified 2 berths, one male and one female.
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|Dmytro Mytsak||Men's giant slalom||1:34.22||67||1:37.18||64||3:11.40||60|
|Bohdana Matsotska||Women's giant slalom||1:25.25||48||1:25.28||45||2:50.53||43|
|Andriy Deryzemlya||Sprint||25:29.0||1 (0+1)||22|
|Dmytro Pidruchnyi||Individual||55:53.4||3 (1+0+1+1)||55|
|Artem Pryma||Sprint||25:57.6||1 (0+1)||32|
|Serguei Sednev||Sprint||26:16.8||1 (1+ 0)||44|
|Serhiy Semenov||Sprint||26:10.4||1 (1+0)||41|
|Team relay||1:14:21.1||7 (0+7)||9|
|Juliya Dzhyma||Sprint||22:55.5||3 (1+2)||42|
|Mass start||38:10.8||4 (0+0+2+2)||22|
|Olena Pidhrushna||Sprint||22:12.8||1 (0+1)||26|
|Mass start||36:37.1||0 (0+0+0+0)||7|
|Valj Semerenko||Sprint||21:44.9||1 (0+1)||12|
|Mass start||37:03.5||2 (0+0+2+0)||12|
|Vita Semerenko||Sprint||21:28.5||0 (0+0)|
|Mass start||37:16.1||1 (0+0+1+0)||16|
|Team relay||1:10:02.5||5 (0+5)|
|Team relay||1:12:05.2||9 (1+8)||7|
Ukraine qualified 7 berths.
|Oleksii Krasovskyi||15 km classical||44:35.4||+6:05.7||69|
|Maryna Antsybor||15 km skiathlon||21:06.1||49||21:01.9||44||42:42.5||+4:08.9||49|
|30 km freestyle||N/A||1:16:22.7||+5:17.5||35|
|Tetyana Antypenko||10 km classical||N/A||31:06.9||+2:49.1||30|
|15 km skiathlon||21:19.5||51||21:41.6||52||43:40.3||+5:06.7||52|
|Kateryna Hryhorenko||10 km classical||N/A||32:03.5||+3:45.7||49|
|15 km skiathlon||21:11.6||50||21:01.2||43||42:47.2||+4:13.6||49|
|30 km freestyle||N/A||1:17:53.0||+6:47.8||38|
|Marina Lisogor||10 km classical||N/A||33:35.4||+5:17.6||58|
|Valentina Shevchenko||10 km classical||N/A||30:33.0||+2:15.2||24|
|15 km skiathlon||20:17.0||34||20:00.6||18||40:50.7||+2:17.1||27|
|30 km freestyle||N/A||1:12:42.6||+1:37.4||14|
|4×5 km relay||N/A||56:56.1||+3:53.4||12|
|Oleksii Krasovskyi||Sprint||4:35.08||81||Did not advance|
|Ruslan Perekhoda||3:43.61||50||Did not advance|
|Team sprint||N/A||25:31.13||11||Did not advance|
|Maryna Antsybor||Sprint||2:40.55||34||Did not advance|
|Marina Lisogor||2:53.22||58||Did not advance|
|Kateryna Serdyuk||2:44.12||45||Did not advance|
|Team sprint||N/A||DNS||Did not advance|
According to press reports Lisogor and Serdyuk had refused to start because they had been denied to wear black arm bands to honor those killed in the violent clashes Ukrainian's capital Kiev the previous day. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine claimed Serdyuk was injured.
Ukraine has achieved the following quota places:
|Yakov Godorozha||Men's singles||62.65||21 Q||119.54||19||182.19||20|
|Natalia Popova||Ladies' singles||47.42||27||Did not advance|
|Julia Lavrentieva / Yuri Rudyk||Pairs||48.45||20||Did not advance|
|Siobhan Heekin-Canedy / Dmitri Dun||Ice dancing||41.90||24||Did not advance|
- Team trophy
|Athlete||Event||Short program/Short dance||Free skate/Free dance|
|Men's||Ladies'||Pairs||Ice dance||Total||Men's||Ladies'||Pairs||Ice dance||Total|
|Yakov Godorozha (M)
Natalia Popova (L)
Julia Lavrentieva / Yuri Rudyk (P)
Siobhan Heekin-Canedy / Dmitri Dun (I)
|10||9||Did not advance|
Ukraine qualified 7 berths, three male and four female (all aerial).
|Jump 1||Jump 2||Jump 1||Jump 2||Jump 3|
|Oleksandr Abramenko||Men's aerials||109.50||6 Q||BYE||119.03||3 Q||113.12||6||Did not advance|
|Mykola Puzderko||98.41||12||77.88||14||Did not advance|
|Nadiya Didenko||Women's aerials||DNS||Did not advance|
|Olga Polyuk||70.76||12||74.97||9||Did not advance|
|Anastasiya Novosad||56.84||18||74.34||10||Did not advance|
|Nadiya Mokhnatska||52.44||19||69.31||11||Did not advance|
Ukraine has qualified a total of six athletes and a spot in the team relay.
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total|
|Andriy Kis||Men's singles||53.533||30||53.358||28||53.046||29||52.859||28||3:32.796||28|
|Olena Shkhumova||Women's singles||51.211||18||51.092||19||51.128||17||1:01:416||31||3:34.847||31|
|Mixed team relay||55.671||10||56.882||10||58.502||12||N/A||2:51.055||11|
Ukraine qualified one male athlete.
|Viktor Pasichnyk||Normal hill/10 km||95.0||112.1||27||26:13.5||42||27:31.5||42|
|Large hill/10 km||122.5||104.6||20||23:59.6||31||25:37.6||30|
Short track speed skating
Ukraine qualified 1 woman in the 1000 m for the Olympics during World Cup 3 and 4 in November 2013.
|Sofiya Vlasova||1000 m||1:32.495||4||Did not advance||26|
Qualification legend: ADV – Advanced due to being impeded by another skater; FA – Qualify to medal round; FB – Qualify to consolation round
Ukraine qualified 2 berths, one male and one female (all parallel).
|Athlete||Event||Qualification||Round of 16||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Final|
|Yosyf Penyak||Men's giant slalom||1:41.14||23||Did not advance|
|Men's slalom||1:00.17||19||Did not advance|
|Annamari Chundak||Women's giant slalom||1:53.71||21||Did not advance|
|Women's slalom||1:05.76||21||Did not advance|
Concerns and controversies
On 19 February 2014, Ukrainian athletes asked for and were refused permission by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to wear black armbands to honour those killed in the violent clashes in Ukrainian's capital Kiev on the previous day. According to IOC spokesman Mark Adams, "They weren't forbidden to wear armbands. The Ukrainian NOC met with IOC officials informally yesterday. They discussed what should be done, and they reached the conclusion there were other ways of marking this moment. Some athletes have taken other views and other ways of doing things". IOC president Thomas Bach offered his condolences "to those who have lost loved ones in these tragic events".
Alpine skier Bohdana Matsotska refused to participate further at the Olympic Games in protest against the violence. She and her father posted a message on Facebook stating, "In solidarity with the fighters on the barricades of the Maidan, and as a protest against the criminal actions made towards the protesters, the irresponsibility of the president and his issues with the government, we refuse further performance at the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014". Matsotska was reportedly followed by about thirty Ukrainian athletes who left Sochi and returned to their country (mostly after having competed), leaving a dozen present at the Games.
On 20 February 2014, the Ukrainian NOC reported that as many as half of the Ukrainian athletes at the Olympics had left the games to return home. But according to Ukrainian NOC president Sergey Bubka they had returned home in compliance with their original schedule, and their departure was thus not related to the riots in Kiev. According to Bubka, the remaining athletes did plan to participate in the closing ceremony. In a statement on 20 February 2014, the Ukrainian team had expressed condolences for the dead and stated, "We are thinking about our families and loved ones back home in Ukraine, and we are doing our best to honour them on the fields of play here in Sochi. We appeal for peace and mutual understanding to find a positive way forward for Ukraine".
Figure skater Natalia Popova stated after finishing her figure skating short program on 20 February, "That’s very unfortunate because you just want peace everywhere. But all I can do is just focus on my performance and, hopefully, my skating can inspire the people back in Ukraine to be more peaceful with each other". Olympic biathlete Olena Pidhrushna at a news conference after her women's relay victory asked for a minute's silence in memory of the people who died in Kiev.
- "Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony - Flagbearers" (PDF). olympic.org/. Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- "Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony - Flagbearers" (PDF). The International Olympic Committee (IOC). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- Minute's silence respected at Ukraine news conference, Reuters (21 February 2014).
- Oksana Baiul, Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
- "Sochi 2014: Ukraine's Marina Lisogor fails drugs test". BBC Sport. 22 February 2014.
- "2014 Winter Olympics Biathlon NOC quota". Real Biathlon. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
- (in Ukrainian) Ukrainians in Sochi did not come to Sprint, because they were forbidden mourning ribbons, Ukrayinska Pravda (19 February 2014).
- (in Ukrainian) Ukrainian skier did not come to start in Sochi, the NOC said, but not because of Maidan, Ukrayinska Pravda (19 February 2014).
- Hockey heartache for hosts, Ukraine violence shocks Games, Reuters (19 February 2014).
- Some Ukraine team members leave Games - IOC, Reuters (20 February 2014).
- Ukrainian Olympic alpine skier quits Sochi, blames Yanukovych for deaths on EuroMaidan, Kyiv Post (19 February 2014).
- "Les violences en Ukraine s'invitent aux JO de Sotchi", France Info, 19 February 2014.
- Ukraine death toll rises to 22 as EU talks under way, BBC News (20 February 2014).
- Ukrainian skier pulls out of Olympics, says country’s president should be ‘jailed’, The Washington Times (20 February 2014).
- Ukrainian Skier and Coach Withdraw to Protest Kiev Violence, The New York Times (20 February 2014).