Sportsline

This is the conclusion of the final Sportsline update for 2017. This is the second part of a two-part series, prepared by Matthew Dubas. 

Marathon

• Ten Ukrainian servicemen who were wounded in the ATO area of eastern Ukraine and now undergo rehabilitative treatment in the United States ran a 10-kilometer race and a marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington on October 22. Ukraine’s team won 10 medals and earned a congratulatory message from President Petro Poroshenko. Established in 1976, the MCM is currently the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and the ninth largest in the world. More than 30,000 representatives from more than 50 countries officially participate.

Sportsline

This is part one of the final Sportsline update of 2017. The items were prepared by Matthew Dubas. Part two will follow in an upcoming issue. Soccer

• Ukraine’s men’s national team won 2-1 against Slovakia in an international friendly match on November 10 at Arena Lviv. Slovakia opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Andriy Yarmolenko equalized for Ukraine in the 39th minute with a near shot.

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko lands a left against Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba on December 9 at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York.

Lomachenko TKO’s Rigondeaux in six rounds

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. – Several ESPN boxing experts have proclaimed Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko the sport’s premier pound-for-pound fighter. Promoter Bob Arum has referred to his client as the most skilled boxer he has ever seen, including the legendary Muhammad Ali. After Lomachenko’s latest victim, Guillermo Rigondeaux, refused to leave his corner to start the seventh round of their feature bout at Madison Square Garden on December 9, the above ESPN pundits nicknamed the Ukrainian “Nomaschenko,” incorporating the Spanish phrase “no mas,” as in no more. Rigondeaux wanted “no more” of Lomachenko after the first six rounds, clearly showing his advanced age and long stretch of inactivity.

Members of Ukrainian Running Club before the opening ceremony of the New York City Marathon.

Ukrainian Running Club participates in NYC Marathon

NEW YORK – This year, the second major event for New York’s Ukrainian Running Club (URC) was the club’s participation in the world-famous New York City Marathon, which makes its way through all five of the city’s boroughs and this year took place on Sunday, November 5. While the Vyshyvanka Run, the URC’s very successful first major event for 2017, was extremely popular and well attended simultaneously by Ukrainians from various states, it was really more about sharing Ukrainian traditions as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone. All ages and skill levels were encouraged to take part and run the three-mile distance at their own pace. But the NYC Marathon is a different run, as not everyone is willing to take on the monumental task of running 42.2 kilometers (or 26.2 miles). Many from the URC, however, were willing to take on that task.

Tetiana Samokysh of URC NY has qualified for the Boston Marathon, by finishing in 3:30.53.

The NYC Marathon: a runner’s perspective

If someone told Volodymyr Gogilchyn that he would be running 26.2 miles in the 2017 New York City Marathon he would have said “impossible,” as just two years ago he was suffering from asthma, never really exercised and wasn’t able to run further than a quarter of a mile. But on November 5, in four hours, 50 minutes and 11 seconds Mr. Gogilchyn did the impossible. He finished the 47th annual NYC Marathon, carrying a Ukrainian flag the whole way. It was a similar story for Kate Osadchuk. Even though it was on her bucket list, two years ago she could not have imagined running 26.2 miles nonstop.

Tania Prymak soars above her competition at a World Cup Ski Cross event at Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada.

Tania Prymak, U.S.A. Olympic hopeful

GOSHEN, N.Y. – While coaching at the sports camp of the Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA) 14 years ago, I watched a focused, determined little girl training to become the absolute best at whatever sport she participated in. Fast-forward to today, I see that same intense focus and determination in that girl.  Only now, the stakes are much higher; the opportunity to proudly represent her country at the 2018 Winter Olympics being held in PyeongChang, South Korea. On November 10 this year I drove up to Goshen, N.Y., to sit down and talk with Tania Prymak, currently ranked the No. 1 female ski cross racer in the United States, and No. 15 in the world.  The interview took place two days before she would embark on a three-month International Ski Cross season, where Ms. Prymak will compete in nine events against some of the best female ski cross racers in the world, all preparing for the upcoming Olympics.

Turk Broda

Ukrainian Pro hockey Update: Turk Broda

Turk Broda was named one of The NHL’s 100, the top-100 players in the history of the National Hockey League’s 100 years of existence. This is the last in a series featuring the six Ukrainian hockey stars selected to this elite group. During the Toronto Maple Leafs’ most glorious decade, the 1940s, Ukrainian goalie Turk Broda was the biggest story on the team. He was the biggest story in more ways than one. May 6, 1936, saw legendary Leafs owner/GM Conn Smythe pay the Detroit Red Wings $7,500 for the rights to Broda.

Johnny “Chief” Bucyk awaits a pass in front of the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs, during the early days of his career.

Ukrainian Pro Hockey Update: John Bucyk

Johnny Bucyk was named one of the NHL’s 100, the top-100 players in the history of the National Hockey League’s 100 years of existence. This is the fifth in a series featuring the six Ukrainian hockey stars selected to this elite group. June 10, 1957. Newspaper headlines told of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s recovery from a heart attack. The top movie was “Gunfight at the OK Corral.” Houses in the Boston suburbs listed for $15,900.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the gala reception for Ukraine’s athletes organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on September 22.

Ukrainian Canadians extend support to Ukraine’s wounded-warrior athletes at Invictus Games

OTTAWA – Team Ukraine took home 14 medals from its inaugural participation in the Invictus Games in Toronto. But the athletes, who competed in athletics, power lifting, swimming, archery, cycling and indoor rowing, reached the top of the podium in terms of the support and admiration they received from within and outside the Ukrainian Canadian community.

Team Ukraine in Toronto, where the 2017 Invictus Games were held on September 23-30.

Team Ukraine’s triumphant debut at 2017 Invictus Games

In its first year competing, Team Ukraine quickly became the star of the 2017 Invictus Games. A joyous gathering of Ukrainian Canadians met the Ukrainian contingent at Toronto’s airport, singing the Ukrainian national anthem. The triumvirate of England’s Prince Harry, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko effusively praised Team Ukraine at the games’ world press meet-and-greet. Team Ukraine was composed of only 15 athletes, but these were 15 fiercely determined to make Ukraine proud in Toronto. The veteran-athletes received much attention, as both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Poroshenko were in Toronto after the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City just days prior.