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Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky: professional sport is my rehabilitation

For everyone, sport means different things, for me sport is not only a way of life, but also a vital necessity, it is my rehabilitation. At the age of 16, I suffered a spinal injury with a spinal cord injury as a result of a fall from a 12-meter height. Before that I was engaged in acrobatics, gymnastics, parkour and when performing an element I did not calculate my own strength, overestimated my capabilities and fell.

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky: professional sport is my rehabilitation

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky

From that day on I decided not to give up and set a goal: at any cost to find a way to climb legs and try to help those whose life situation is similar to mine. First, I underwent rehabilitation in rehabilitation medical centers, then became a test pilot of the Russian medical exoskeleton ExoAtlet , developed with the support of the Skolkovo Foundation, and soon I came to professional sports and realized that this is my best rehabilitation.

About sports in my life

The main sport that I do is cycling, I am an athlete of the Russian Paralympic team in this sport, and this is my job. Also in my life there is a triathlon - the IronStar competition. Recently in Sochi I managed to walk the classic distance of 226 km, where at first I swam 4 km in the Black Sea, then I climbed twice from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana on a bicycle (handbike) 180 km, and then overcame a 42 km marathon on an athletics wheelchair - all this is in one hand.

Of my recent hobbies - I recently started performing at bodybuilding tournaments, where I create my own nomination, I am interested in active recreation such as diving and parachute jumping - this is a hobby.

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky: professional sport is my rehabilitation

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky

I have several sports goals in different disciplines. In triathlon, this is the IRONMAN World Championship, which takes place annually in Hawaii, in bodybuilding - the Arnold Classic tournament in the Spinal Cord Injury nomination, in cycling - Paralympics-2020 in Tokyo. Now it remains to achieve new victories.

My first distance in cyclic sports was the sprint distance in the IronStar triathlon in Sochi. Then I learned to swim for two weeks, I never rode a special bicycle - a handbike and ran in a simple home stroller. I have already managed to negotiate a bike rental directly in Sochi with one of the paratriathletes. The fact that I spoke - I was just lucky, it might not have happened.

My training took place along the streets of Moscow, when I drove in a regular wheelchair from the metro to the metro and through the entire center, and in a couple of days before the start, crossed along Moscow through the city from one end of the Moscow Ring Road (Reutovo) to the other (Odintsovo), it was 50 km and 9 hours, at the same time I understood all the delights of the accessible environment in Russia.

About the race

I am now also an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run charity run, which will take place on May 7th around the world in support of researchmy injury is a spinal cord injury. The race takes place all over the world, at the same time. More than 100,000 participants in 24 countries on 25 tracks are going to the start.

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky: professional sport is my rehabilitation

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky

In Moscow this year about 3000 people will take part, the race will be held in the region, in a historical place - in the city of Kolomna. All the funds raised from the race are directed to research my injury and to solve a big problem for all the guys who also found themselves in such an unpleasant situation - to find ways to recover from a spinal cord injury. Therefore, by registering for this race, you are helping to find the dream again - to start walking again.

Now I try to go international in all sports. And the Wings for Life World Run is also on the list. Recently in Sochi in Formula, we met with my friend Daniil Kvyat, a Formula 1 driver who plays for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team, and agreed to run the race together next year. I'm sure everything will work out, since Dani and I have very tight training and competitive schedules, but we will try to find time.

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky: professional sport is my rehabilitation

Yaroslav Svyatoslavsky

About motivation

To be honest, girls inspire and motivate me, because when nature rewarded you with good external and athletic data, then you want to be out of competition. The stroller, in principle, does not interfere with acquaintances, perhaps there are even more of them than the average handsome sports guy, and in some ways you can envy me, but still I want to be like everyone else, burning a young life at the same level of views.

Do not forget that time flies and flies very quickly, and you should enjoy every moment. You are a champion, not a champion, Ironman or not Ironman - this is not the main thing in life. These are the tools that help you create a certain image, add sporting insignia to your portfolio, get some media to start working with it, as I do with the race Wings For Life World Run , and strive and develop further, helping scientific research with your sports success, helping yourself and others.

Bach - Prelude and Fugue No.12 in F minor, BWV 857 - Prelude

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