UKRAINIAN BIATHLON CHAMPION KRYSTYNA DMYTRENKO FIRST BEST YOUNG EUROPEAN ATHLETE FOR WINTER SPORTS
Tarragona, May 21, 2016 – the first Winter Piotr Nurowski Prize was awarded to young Ukrainian biathlon champion Krystyna Dmytrenko, at the EOC Seminar currently taking place on the Spanish Gold Coast.
Krystina, 16, has been an athlete from the age of 6, having started with rhythmic gymnastics and football. She then discovered biathlon and in 2014 won the Ukrainian Championships and all the other 2014-2015 season’s competitions she competed in. This year in Lillehammer Krystina also won her first and historical gold medal at the II Winter Youth Olympic Games.
This was the first winter edition of the Prize named after the late Polish NOC President, and created in 2010. The European NOC representatives elected Krystina from a short-list of five nominees, taken from a long list submitted to the 50 EOC Members.
The other nominees were:
2nd – Bor PAVLOVCIC (SLO) Ski jumping
3rd – Manuel TRANINGER (AUT) Alpine skiing
4th – Madi ROWLANDS (GBR) Freestyle skiing
5th – Felix SCHWARZ (ITA) Luge doubles
All the young athletes were in Tarragona, with Jean Michel Saive, the chair of the Athletes’ Commission as “godfather”, and were warmly welcomed by the participants at the Seminar.
Krystina will receive a 12,000 Euro scholarship that will be used to help her to reach the very top in her sport. All nominees received the EOC Piotr Nurowski Trophy.