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Vladislav Bykanov

Israel

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTISR11911198901
NOCIsrael
Born19 Nov 1989 in Lvov 
GenderMen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, Hebrew, Russian
Higher educationEconomics, Management - Open University of Israel: Israel
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    1000m 1:23.251 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:10.963 05 Nov 2016 Calgary  
    3000m 4:54.151 25 Jan 2015 Dordrecht  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/vlad.bykanov  
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."  
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  
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 (Facebook profile, 24 Nov 2016)  
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 2010 he missed three months with a sprained ankle. (Athlete, 10 Dec 2015)

He was out for three months with a broken ankle in 2007. (Athlete, 10 Dec 2015)
 
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (fromthegrapevine.com, 02 Jul 2015)  
Other informationWELL 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. Despite being happy with the support he receives from his national federation, which allows him to train abroad, 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
He 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, 09 Dec 2015; ynetnews.com, 25 Jan 2015)
 
Memorable sporting achievementBeing flag bearer for Israel at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Jeroen Otter. (Athlete, 10 Dec 2015)  
Hero / IdolUS basketball player Michael Jordan, English footballer Steven Gerrard. (Athlete, 10 Dec 2015, 28 Jan 2012)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never back down." (Athlete, 10 Dec 2015)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall4  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall6  
    2010/2011 European Championships Overall9  
    2011/2012 European Championships Overall10  
    2004/2005 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay11  
    2009/2010 European Championships Overall12  
    2013/2014 European Championships Overall12  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m13  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m13  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m14  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m15  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m15  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m15  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall15  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay16  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall18  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay18  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m19  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m19  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m19  
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m20  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m21  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall21  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m22  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m23  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall24  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m24  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m25  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships Overall26  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m26  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m27  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m27  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m28  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m28  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m28  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1000m31  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m31  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall31  
    2008/2009 European Championships Overall32  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall32  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships Overall33  
    2007/2008 European Championships Overall34  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall36  
    2005/2006 European Championships Overall37  
    2004/2005 World Junior Championships Overall37  
    2006/2007 European Championships Overall40  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships Overall41  
    2005/2006 World Championships 500m44  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1000m47  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1500m47  
    2005/2006 World Championships Overall49  
    2008/2009 World Championships Overall53  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 1500m1  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m2  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m4  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1500m4  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m5  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m6  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m6  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m9  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m10  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m10  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m10  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m11  
    2010/2011 Dresden 1500m11  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1500m11  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m12  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1000m12  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m13  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m15  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m20  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m20  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m25  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m27  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1000m27  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m29  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m29  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m29  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m31  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m32  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m32  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m36  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m38  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m43  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m43  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m45  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m49  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m50  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m54  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m61  
    2005/2006 World Cup Overall62  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m65  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m64  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m70  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m84  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m84  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m87  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m88  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m89  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m103