Bykanov competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics
|Born||19 November 1989 (age 29)|
|Residence||Kiryat Shmona, Israel, and Heerenveen, the Netherlands|
|Alma mater||Open University of Israel|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|Sport||Short Track Speed Skating|
|Coached by||Jeroen Otter|
|Achievements and titles|
Vladislav Bykanov (Hebrew: ולדיסלב ביקנוב, Ukrainian: Владислав Биканов) (born 19 November 1989) is an Israeli Olympic short track speed skater. He won the gold medal in the 3,000m at the 2015 and 2018 European Championships. He competed for Israel at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Short Track Speed Skating in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Early and personal life
Bykanov was born in Lviv, Ukraine, and is Jewish. He moved to Israel in 1994, and has lived there ever since. Bykanov lives in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona, and in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. He studied Economics and Management at Open University of Israel. His nickname is Vlad.
His coach is Jeroen Otter. Bykanov started skating when he was eight years old, in Northern Israel. In 2007 Bykanov broke an ankle and missed three months, in 2011 he again broke an ankle and missed four months, in 2015 he had hip surgery and was out for eight months, and in 2016 he had another hip operation.
Bykanov qualified to compete for Israel at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in all three individual races. By doing so he became the first male athlete to qualify from Israel in short track speed skating. He was Israel's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. He came in 19th in the 500m, 24th in the 1,000m, and 25th in the 1,500m.
He had his best showing in the 500m in a World Championship in the 2014 World Championship in Montreal, coming in 13th. Bykanov had his other best World Championship showings in the 2016 World Championship in Seoul, coming in 13th in the 1,000m, 15th in the 1,500m, and 15th overall.
Bykanov became the first Israeli short track skater to finish in the top three at the European Championships when he won the gold medal in the 3,000m super final in 2015 in Dordrecht, Netherlands, with a time of 5 minutes 2.882 seconds, ahead of Thibaut Fauconnet of France. At the 2017 European Championships he won a bronze medal in the 1,500m.
At the January 2018 European Championships in Dresden, Germany, Bykanov won the gold medal in the 3,000m, the silver medal in the Overall competition, and the bronze medal in the 1,500m. He also came in 5th in the 500m, and 21st in the 1,000m.
|500 meters||Canada||Montreal||15 March 2014||40.823|
|1000 meters||United States||Salt Lake City||12 November 2016||1:23.251|
|1500 meters||Canada||Calgary||5 November 2016||2:10.963|
|3000 meters||Netherlands||Dordrecht||25 January 2015||4:54.151|
- Sochi 2014 profile
- Biographical data for: BYKANOV, Vladislav
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