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Vladislav Bykanov

Israel

SportSpeed Skating
NOCIsrael
Born19 Nov 1989 in  Lvov
GenderMen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English, Hebrew, Russian
Higher educationEconomics, Management - Open University of Israel: Israel
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.62 22 Oct 2016 Calgary  
    1000m 1:11.69 22 Oct 2016 Calgary  
    1500m 1:49.91 23 Oct 2016 Calgary  
    5000m 6:39.99 21 Oct 2016 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/vladb89  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe wanted to try something new. "A skating centre opened near where I lived. After about an hour on the ice I was hooked. It felt so natural, I always tell people that it must be in the genes. Short track attracted me because you race against people. You don't race against yourself. You have passing, speed, pushing, falling. It's more contact and close to other skaters than just going fast."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried short track in 1998 at the Canada Centre in Metula, Israel.  
Name of coachJeroen Otter, NED, from 2009  
Club / TeamOzma: Holon, ISR  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursHe was Israel's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (ONS, 07 Feb 2014)  
NicknamesVlad (fromthegrapevine.com, 07 Feb 2018)  
InjuriesHe was unable to compete for eight months following hip surgery in 2015. He had a second hip operation prior to the 2016/17 season. (isu.org, 23 Nov 2016; Athlete, 10 Dec 2015)

He required stitches to a cut after falling during a competition in 2014. (fromthegrapevine.com, 02 Jul 2015)

In 2011 he missed four months with a broken ankle. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2018)

He was out for three months with a broken ankle in 2007. (Athlete, 10 Dec 2015)
 
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (fromthegrapevine.com, 24 Jan 2018)  
Other informationLONG TRACK PLANS
He has plans to compete in both short track and long track speed skating. "I was thinking about racing both at this Games [2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang], but it was too tight of a schedule, and I didn't want to risk my performance in the short track." (fromthegrapevine.com, 24 Jan 2018)

WELL TRAVELLED
Born in Lviv in the former Soviet Union, he moved from Ukraine to Israel in 1994. In 2009 he spent time training in Calgary, AB, Canada, where he met Dutch coach Jeroen Otter. When Otter returned to the Netherlands, Bykanov followed him and made his base there. He is happy with the support he receives from his national federation, which allows him to train abroad, but he hopes to be able to base himself in Israel one day. "Although we have access to good facilities and coaches, it is not in Israel and that is the problem. It is a shame I think, it would be better to train in your own country with your own language. It is always nice to get out there and see the best skaters and athletes in the world and how they train. At the end of the day you want to be in your own country, but I am used to it now. Although you miss friends and family, you do get used to it." (isu.org, 23 Nov 2016; iisf.org.il, 16 Sep 2009)

NATIONAL FIRST
In 2014 he became the first male athlete from Israel to compete in short track skating at an Olympic Winter Games. He also became the first Israeli short track skater to finish on the podium at the European championships when he claimed victory in the 3000m super final at the 2015 edition in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Oct 2018; fromthegrapevine.com, 24 Jan 2018; ynetnews.com, 25 Jan 2015)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning the 1500m by a lap at the 2016 World Cup event in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2018)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Jeroen Otter. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolBritish ski jumper Michael Edwards [Eddie the Eagle]. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2018)  
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