The 2016 sports year was an internationally competitive one with Ukraine an active participant on the world stage. After a dreadful performance at soccer’s 2016 Euro Cup and a disappointing result at the Rio Summer Olympic Games, Ukraine demonstrated it is a world leader in Paralympic sports. Three straight losses on the pitch in a somewhat challenging grouping with Poland, Germany and Northern Ireland cost national coach Mykhailo Fomenko his job. Ukraine continued its downward trend of medaling at the Summer Olympics, where Oleh Vernyayev was a rare celebrated podium presence. Expectations for Ukraine were still high heading into the third international contest and this time the nation exceeded them with an unbelievable third overall showing at the Rio Paralympic Games.