Lviv Sports

Veronika Marchenko – March’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s European champion archer Veronika Marchenko was named Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for March for her dominating performances at the European Indoor Championships last month. Marchenko cruised through the tournament defeating her opponents by a combined score of 24:4, including a 6:0 thrashing of her Russian opponent in the final to be named European champion in the Individual Recurve event. Marchenko also assisted the Ukrainian team capture bronze in the Team Recurve event by dominating Russia 6:0.

Young Lviv Archer is European Champion

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s young Archery phenom Veronika Marchenko crushed her Russian opponent 6:0 to capture gold in the Individual Recurve at the European Indoor Championships in Vittel, France on March 12. The 23-year-old Olympian cruised through the tournament defeating France’s Tiffany Bankert 6:0 in the 1/8 final, Poland’s Violeta Mischor 6:2 in the quarterfinal, and France’s Angelina Koende 6:2 in her semifinal.

Arena Lviv Trades One Donetsk Tenant for Another

Issue 99, March 2017.
Leopolitan football fans will have a new team to watch after Olimpik Donetsk signed on to play at Arena Lviv for the remainder of the Ukrainian Premier League championship. The team replaces Shakhtar Donetsk, who moved their operations to abandoned Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, empty since the former tenants folded last year. While Olimpik may not bring in the prime Champions and Europa League matchups that Shakhtar did, the team looks set to play in the Ukrainian League’s new “championship round” against the country’s other top 5 teams. Olimpik currently sits in 5th place on 29 points with 3 games remaining in the opening round. The top 5 of the 6 teams in the championship round will qualify for either the Champions or Europa League.

Tatiana Klimchenko – Lviv’s February Athlete of the Month

Issue 99, March 2017.
Up-and-coming Leopolitan cyclist Tatiana Klimchenko was awarded Lviv’s Athlete of the Month Award in February for her performance at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Snowboard Championship

Issue 99, March 2017.
With the gorgeous Carpathian Mountains situated in the western corner of our country, Ukraine has itself a real gem to offer ski lovers. Already famous with local tourists, Ukrainian skiing spots are slowly getting on the radars of more distant travelers.

Handball Super League: Halychanka Hammer Dnipryanka

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team roared back after the winter break to score two wins in their first Super League action of 2017.

Just One Step Shy of Victory

Issue 99, March 2017.
It was one step short for Lviv’s Anna Muzychuk at the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship in Tehran, Iran last month, as the talented Leopolitan player fell in a dramatic tiebreaker in the final to just miss out on following in her sister’s footsteps as world champion. Several top players skipped the knock-out tournament, including the reigning world champion and top ranked female player Hou Yifan. Yifan won her title by defeating Anna’s sister Mariya last year in Lviv and refused to participate at the event due to dissatisfaction with the FIDE world championship system. Mariya – the 2015 women’s world champion – and current US women’s champion Nazi Paikidze also refused to attend out of protest of the tournament’s location in Iran, where it is mandatory for women to wear a hijab in public.

Lviv – Leader 2017 Sport Dance Competition

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sport Complex played host to the Lviv – Leader 2017 Ukrainian Sport Dance Championship on February 25-26. The 20-year event is now on the official calendar of the World Dance Sport Federation. The city’s Leader Modern Dance Club brought together 300 dance couples from around Ukraine – as well as dancers from Portugal, Turkey, Estonia, and Poland – for this spectacular show and popular celebration of dance.

Volleyball

Issue 98, February 2017.
The top two teams in Ukraine’s Volleyball Super League faced each other on February 3-4 when Lokomotiv Kharkiv took on Lviv’s first-place Barkom-Kazhany. Lviv’s team leads the standings with 62 points from 22 matches, while Kharkiv sits in second with 53 points.

Ukraine’s Winter Cycling Championship

Issue 98, February 2017.
Lviv played host to the Ukraine Winter Cycling Championships from January 30th to February 2nd. The event featured more than 250 cyclists of several different ages competing in individual and team races in different qualification groups.