Ukrainian Academy of Sport decided on the names of the best sportsmen of Ukraine, writes Are | the Unity.info.
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“ Every time to this ceremony, I go in high spirits, with special emotions and sensations, as together in one room is going to the pride and glory of Ukrainian sports – Golden Fund of the nation: our memorable past, glorious present and a great future. Despite difficult times for our country, 2014 was a year of great achievements in the history of Ukrainian sport! — said in his opening remarks, President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Sergey Bubka.
According to the decision of the Academy, the best athlete of the year defined Oleg Vernaeve – world champion and European champion in gymnastics (exercises on parallel bars), bronze medalist of European Championships (vault, team event). Best athlete of the year named Olga Harlan – world champion and European fencing in the individual championship, bronze medalist of world championship and European championship (sabre). The best coach of the year was Gregory Shamrai – senior trainer of the female national team of Ukraine on biathlon – Olympic Champions biathlon relay race, personal trainer, Vita and Valentyna Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna and Yulia Jima. The best team of the year (team) was named women’s team of Ukraine biathlon team consisting of Olena Pidhrushna, Vita Semerenko, Valentyna Semerenko, Yulia Jima.
The title “Hero of Ukrainian sport” among highly educated women Vita Semerenko is the champion of the XXII Olympic winter games biathlon (relay), bronze medalist of the Olympic games (sprint).
And among men the title of “Hero of Ukrainian sport” was awarded to Yuriy Cheban – time world champion in canoe (sprint), silver medalist of world championship (relay).
Awards to the winners of the year were presented by outstanding Ukrainian Olympians popular TV presenters and stage performers. In addition to exclusive statuettes, diplomas, flowers all the winners of the “Sports Oscar” received from the organizers and sponsors of modern gadgets, insurance policies, sports equipment and cash prizes. The winners in the nominations “the Best sportsman of the year”, “Best athlete of the year” and “Hero of Ukrainian sport” among men and women from the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine also received a financial award in the amount of 50 thousand hryvnias.