Winter Paralympics: Snow Sculptor Alexandr Kolyadin Becomes First Kazakh To Win Gold

Updated: 14 March 2018 19:59 IST

A professional snow sculptor became Kazakhstan's first ever gold medallist in the Winter Paralympics after storming to victory in cross-country skiing.

Winter Paralympics: Snow Sculptor Alexandr Kolyadin Becomes First Kazakh To Win Gold
Alexandr Kolyadin celebrates after winning men's cross-country skiing final event. © AFP

A professional snow sculptor on Wednesday became Kazakhstan's first ever gold medallist in the Winter Paralympics after storming to victory in cross-country skiing. Alexandr Kolyadin comes from a small town in the vast Central Asian country, and when he's not racing over snow in skiing competitions, he's crafting models out of it. Kolyadin, who lost his right leg in a car accident, makes up to 10 sculptures a week, from models of trains to animals and even Winnie the Pooh.

They are displayed around his hometown in public places, such as the town square and post office.

On Wednesday the 45-year-old won gold in cross-country skiing, in the 1.5km sprint standing category, making him the former Soviet republic's first Winter Paralympics gold medal winner.

"I am proud for the country that they made the right choice and got me here, took me into the national team," he said.

But Kolyadin, who uses a prosthetic leg when he's competing, added there was no time for a break as he needed to prepare for other races in the Games.

"We will not rest. We will drink some tea and continue working," he said.

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  • Alexandr Kolyadin is a professional snow sculptor
  • Alexandr Kolyadin uses a prosthetic leg when he's competing
  • Kolyadin comes from a small town in the vast Central Asian country
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