Lviv Sports

Paralympic hopefuls preparing for Vancouver

Issue 21, February 2010.
Ukraine’s paralympic team has experienced a major boost in the amount of training and support it receives in recent years as part of a largely unheralded but worthy effort to give the country’s physically disadvantaged athletes every possible advantage on the world stage. The results have been emphatic – since finishing in 21st place in the medal table at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000, Ukraine has rocketed up to sixth and then fourth place at successive Games. Meanwhile, in the Winter Olympics progress has been even more extraordinary – from finishing 18th in Salt Lake City in 2002, Ukraine rose to 3rd (2nd in terms of actual number of medals won) in Turin in 2006.

2009 Euro Youth Champions: Ukraine’s young guns shooting for Euro 2012

Issue 21, February 2010.
Ukraine’s national team will go into the coming Euro 2012 European Championships as one of the least favoured host nations in the competition’s history. Unlike Germany in 1988, England in 1996 and Portugal in 2004, few will be expecting Ukraine’s involvement to last long, with the country’s main contribution to the tournament likely to be the actual hosting of matches rather than winning them. However, Ukraine possesses a not-so-secret weapon in the form of the country’s emerging teenage generation, which shot to international recognition in August 2009 by winning UEFA’s Under-19s European Championship. Ukraine’s Euro 2009 youth victory was a major milestone in the development of the country’s footballing infrastructure and was the first victory Ukraine had recorded at any level since entering international football as an independent nation for the first time ever in the mid-1990s. This crop of teenage talent comes from the fast-improving youth team programmes of the country’s leading clubs.
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Ukrainian bodybuilding champs

Issue 18, November 2009.
Ukrainian bodybuilding champs crowned Lviv welcomed the country’s leading bodybuilding ladies and gents in October for the Ukrainian national NABBA fitness and bodybuilding championships.

Local hero grabs speedway laurels

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv’s growing reputation as a regional speedway hub grew in September when the city’s SKA track played host to an international competition featuring participants from seven countrie

Lviv archers hit the bull’s eye

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv has long been home to Ukraine’s leading archery school, with a long list of international competition winners and Olympic champions testifying to the caliber of the local talent.

Boxing Beauty

Issue 17, October 2009.
At first glance Lviv’s latest female celebrity appears to have come off the same conveyor belt of super stars which churns out the country’s endless supply of beautiful, confident young ladies who Ukraine’s decorate TV screens and advertising billboards. However, Olena ‘The Hunter’ Ovchynnikova may look comfortable in front of the cameras but she is no mere pop starlet or iconic movie star – in fact Olena is a newly-crowned kickboxing world champion who also has the looks and the style to become a living legend in both Lviv and beyond.

Lviv heroes relive Soviet Cup glory

Issue 16, September 2009.
On August 17 the veterans of Karpaty Lviv’s legendary 1969 Soviet Cup winning side came together for a nostalgic event that allowed them to reminisce about what remains the club’s single top honour.

New Football Exhibition as Part of Euro 2012 Build-Up

Issue 15, July 2009.
June saw the opening of Lviv’s first ever Football Exhibition (located inside Lviv Art Palace, Kopernyka str., 15) as the city’s preparations for Euro 2012 cranked up another gear. The exhibition featured a wide range of artefacts including cups, medals and trophies won by local sides and footballers hailing originally from Lviv.

Shakhtar Donetsk Hero brings UEFA Cup to Lviv

Issue 15, July 2009.
Donetsk star and Lviv native Dmytro Chyhrynskyi brought the UEFA Cup to Lviv last month as part of ongoing nationwide celebrations to mark the Donbass club’s historic win.

Eurofan Contest Boosts Lviv’s Euro 2012 Credentials

Issue 15, July 2009.
As Lviv struggles to meet UEFA’s November 30 deadline to prove it is fit to host games during Euro 2012 the city received a timely boost in the shape of the fun and well-attended Eurofan-2009 tournament between teams made up of rival sets of supporters from some of the continent’s most famous clubs...