Ukraine’s most prestigious annual sport awards were delivered to their winners and nominees at the ‘Sport Heroes of the Year’ ceremony at nation’s principal venue NSC Olympiysky in Kyiv.
The hundreds of prominent athletes, coaches and sport administrators joined the nominees of 10 nominations to find out the highly anticipated outcome of choice made by
The European Olympic Committee acting President Janez Kocijancic attended the event, organized annually since 2006 by the National Olympic Committee and
The results of Academy members’ vote were kept top secret until the announcement adding intrigue to the show featured prominent show biz stars. Anna Bessonova, the legend of rhythmic gymnastics and bronze medalist of two Olympics, produced an exciting performance along with dance group in prologue to start the show. The ceremony aroused huge media interested, as most of the national media covered the event.
2016 SPORT HEROES OF THE YEAR winners
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Oleh Verniaev, artistic gymnastics.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Olha Kharlan, sabre fencing. Rio 2016 silver (team) and bronze (individual) medalist. European championship’s bronze medalist (team and individual)
COACH of the Year – Vjacheslav Sorokin, canoe sprint. Coach of Yuri Cheban, Rio 2016 gold medalist (C1 200 m)
TEAM of the Year – fencing, women’s sabre team (Olha Kharlan, Olena Kravatska, Olena Voronina, Alina Komashchuk), Rio 2016 silver medalist, European Championships bronze medalists
PARALYMPIC athlete of the Year – Maksym Krypak, swimming, 5 gold medals and 3 silver medals in Rio 2016
NON-OLYMPIC athlete of the Year – Anna Muzychuk, chess. 42nd Chess Olympiad individual competition’ winner, team competition’ bronze medalist. Rapid chess and blitz world champion
JUNIOR athlete of the Year (‘Olympic Hope’) – Khrystyna Dmytrenko, biathlon. Winter Youth Olympics’ gold medalist (pursuit)
GLORY OF UKRAINE’S SPORT (Lifetime Achievement Award)
- Larysa Karlova, handball. 1976 and 1980 gold medalist, 1988 bronze medalist
- Andriy Khimich, canoe, C2 1000. 1964 Gold medalist
DEDICATION TO SPORT – Emmanuil Ganev, founder of Museum for football in
- Men – Yuri Cheban, canoe sprint. Rio 2016 gold medalist (C1 200 m)
- Women – Anna Rizatdinova, rhythmic gymnastics. Rio 2016 bronze medalist