2018 Winter Olympics – Ukraine Viewing Guide
2018 Winter Olympics – Ukraine Viewing Guide
Who to watch, where to watch, when’s it on – you’re complete, day-by-day guide to Ukraine at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The eyes of nearly two billion people will be on 40 of Ukraine’s finest winter athletes as they head to compete at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Korea next month. Not known as a traditional winter sports powerhouse, Ukraine pumps fully half of their winter sports funding into biathlon (€17.9 million). You’ll want to be sure to check out the women’s relay team as they try to repeat their 2014 glory while in Asia.
With only seven winter Olympic medals in six Winter Olympics, there are few medal opportunities outside biathlon. Be sure to catch figure skating, cross-country skiing, and aerials freestyle skiing for Ukraine’s best opportunities. Find out who to tune in for below, and cheer on your favourite Ukrainian athletes every day!
All Ukrainian Olympic programming can be found on the UA:First channel. Keep an eye on What’s On for English-language reporting.
Thursday, February 8th
The XXIII Winter Olympic Games kick off a day before the Opening Ceremonies with curling (13:05 – 15:00) and ski jumping (14:30 – 15:40). With no Ukrainian athletes competing, check out whichever sport you prefer.
Friday, February 9th
Keep your eyes open for taekwondo, a special appearance from Gangnam Style’s Psi, and perhaps a ski jump with the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies (13:00 – 15:00). Check out Ivan Pavlov in the men’s and Renata Oganesyan and Mark Bardey in the pairs figure skating (3:00 – 6:30).
Saturday, February 10th
The Games first weekend also sees its first medal events, and Ukraine will be tuning in to see if Dzhima can claim Ukraine’s first individual Olympic gold medal since 1994 in the women’s 7.5km biathlon sprint (13:15 – 14:45). Cross-country skiing is in the morning (9:15 – 10:20).
Sunday, February 11th
Be sure to check out 2015 European championship silver medalist Dmytro Pidruchnyi as he tries to become Ukraine’s first man to win an individual winter Olympic medal in the biathlon 10km sprint (13:15 – 14:55). In figure skating, Anna Hnychenkova in the singles and Aleksandra Nazarova and Maksim Nikitin in the ice dance, begin today (3:00 – 7:40).
Monday, February 12th
The women’s biathletes are back at it today in the 10km pursuit (12:10 – 13:00). Valj Semerenko finished fifth in the event in 2014, just 10.9 seconds from the podium. The men’s biathletes see the 12.5km pursuit today (14:00 – 14:44).
Tuesday, February 13th
You’ll want to tune into women’s luge (12:30 – 14:55) to catch Lviv’s-own Olena Shkhumova, who will try to top her 31st place showing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Maryna Antsybor is the one to watch in cross-country skiing’s sprint races (10:30 – 15:00).
Wednesday, February 14th
The women’s biathletes are back at it in the 15km individual race (13:05 – 15:00). Yuliia Dhzima is our best medal hope, having already captured a World Cup bronze in the event this season. While no Ukrainian has qualified yet, you can also check out the men’s snowboard halfpipe finals (3:30 – 5:10).
Thursday, February 15th
The men’s biathletes will fight for 20km individual glory today (13:00 – 15:00), while Renata Oganesyan and Mark Bardey will finish their pairs free skate in the morning (3:30 – 6:55).
Friday, February 16th
In one of the few chances Ukraine has to medal outside of biathlon, tune in to check out Khmelnytskiy’s Olga Polyuk as she tries to top her ninth place finish at the 2014 Games in aerials freestyle skiing (13:00 – 14:20). Oleksii Krasovskyi will try to top his 69th place finish in 2014 in the 15km cross country-skiing race (8:00 – 9:50).
Saturday, February 17th
Our women’s biathletes will be looking for more medals in the 12.5km mass start event (13:15 – 14:10), where Ternopil’s Olena Pidhrushna will try to best her seventh place finish in 2014. Ivan Pavlov is our best hope in men’s figure skating (3:00 – 7:25).
Sunday, February 18th
Ukraine’s best medal hope outside of biathlon is in the spotlight today, as aerials freestyle skiing specialist Oleksandr Abramenko competes (13:00 – 14:20). He finished sixth in 2014 and became the first Ukrainian to win the World Cup in any freestyle discipline in 2014-15, winning the season title in aerials. Or you can catch men’s biathlon 15km mass start (13:15 – 14:15).
Monday, February 19th
On a quieter day in PyeongChang, your only option will be to check in to see how Aleksandra Nazarova and Maksim Nikitin are doing in figure skating ice dance (3:00 – 6:45).
Tuesday, February 20th
The event of the day today is biathlon’s mixed relay (13:15 – 14:45). Buoyed by the powerful women’s team, our mixed team finished seventh in Sochi. Ice dance continues as well (3:00 – 6:45).
Wednesday, February 21st
Cross-country sees its team sprint events today (10:00 – 13:20). Our women’s team finished 12th in 2014 and will look to crack the top 10 this time around. You can also check out one of Tanya Tikun or Olga Knysch (TBD) in the women’s downhill alpine skiing (4:00 – 5:50).
Thursday, February 22nd
This is it – your main event! The whole country will be tuning in to see of our women’s biathletes can repeat as Olympic Champions in the women’s biathlon relay (13:15 – 14:45). If you’re looking for a warm up, check out Ivan Kovbasniuk in the men’s slalom alpine skiing (3:15 – 8:40).
Friday, February 23rd
It’s the men’s biathletes turn, as they try to best their ninth place spot in 2014 in the men’s biathlon relay (13:15 – 14:45). Don’t forget to cheer on Anna Hnychenkova in women’s figure skating (3:00 – 7:15), as she has an outside chance of squeezing onto the podium!
Saturday, February 24th
Annamari Dacha is back for her third Winter Games in Korea. The No. 38-ranked snowboarder will try to beat her best result – a Round of 16 loss to the eventual bronze medalist in 2010 – in parallel slalom (5:00 – 6:30). Men’s cross-country skiing has its 50km mass start this morning (7:00 – 10:05).
Sunday, February 25th
Before you tune in to celebrate all the successes of Ukraine’s best winter athletes at the Closing Ceremonies (13:00 – 15:00), be sure to check out the 30km mass start event in women’s cross-country skiing (8:15 – 10:20).
The staff of Lviv Today congratulates all of Ukraine’s athletes on making it to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea and wishes them the best of luck in their competitions!
-- Lee Reaney