China Becomes a Paralympic Sled Hockey Power Behind Russian Coach

Olympics|Coached by an Enigmatic Russian, China Emerges as a Sled Hockey Power

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Coached by an Enigmatic Russian, China Emerges as a Sled Hockey Power

Only five years after creating the program, China’s team has reached the semifinal round at the Beijing Paralympics. Players credit their little-known coach as their “spiritual support.”

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China, pictured in its 6-0 victory against Italy, is undefeated in sled hockey games at the Beijing Paralympics and will play the United States on Friday.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

By David Waldstein

March 10, 2022

BEIJING — All the Russian athletes were kicked out of the Paralympics before the Games began last week, but there is still a Russian here, and he has a chance to win a medal.

Nikolay Sharshukov, the little-known Russian coach of China’s national para ice hockey team, has transformed the fledgling squad into a contender in less than five years on the job, molding it in the image of the old Soviet [...]

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