Alexei Novikov


As a skier with a visual impairment, Alexei competed in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in all disciplines of cross country and biathlon. His best result was 10th place at 12.5k biathlon race.
Alexei began skiing in Russia at the age of four using felt boots and wooden skis with leather loops to hold the boots in. In Russia he skied for fun, participating in many high level adventure trips in the Arctic, Siberia, and Northern Mongolia. He got his first pair of plastic skis at the age of 25 and began participating in amateur races. He spent his summers in Russia white water kayaking, and at the time achieved more as an athlete kayaking than skiing.    

Alexei immigrated to Canada from Russia in 2000 with his wife, two sons, and German Sheppard. After spending six years in Toronto, Alexei heard that there was better cross-country skiing in Ottawa, and he and his family moved there. His first race in Canada was at the 2007 Eastern Canadian Games.
Before moving to Canada, Alexei never imagined that he would be competing for the country as a Paralympic athlete. He is thrilled to be realizing one of his goals that he set for himself when he was just beginning as an athlete – to compete at the highest level of sport. Alexei is truly grateful for the support of his family, specifically his wife Natalia, and his coach Harris Kirby. Alexei continues to push himself everyday and strives to improve with every race.    
In the off-season, he enjoys sailing, white water kayaking, and downhill skiing. He has a PhD in physics and math and currently works as a software developer in Ottawa. 

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 1km Sprint Visually Impaired - Men 19
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Biathlon 3km Pursuit Visually Impaired - Mens 13