Future Olympic gold
Odesa resident Oleksandr Gordienko is a young judoka and Ukraine’s hope for Olympic gold. He is never stopped by injuries or challenges. Last year, Alexander became a bronze medalist of the European Championship and hopes to get into the 2019 Olympic team.
This is the example when it is never too late to start – Oleksandr took judo seriously at the age of 19 and within a year became a bronze medalist of the Youth Championship of Ukraine. He already has the titles of Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine, a three-time champion of Ukraine, a winner of the stages of the Judo World Cup. He not only practices judo, but also tests himself in sambo, sumo and belt wrestling. Despite all this, Oleksandr managed to graduate from the Odessa Law Academy, become a candidate of jurisprudence and receive the Order of Danylo Halytsky from the President.
The new year 2019 will be a challenge for Alexander, because his plans are to get an Olympic license. Last year at the World Championship, the athlete was injured and during this difficult period OC the Maxym Stepanov Foundation supported Oleksandr. He is currently actively preparing to participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. We also help the regional children’s health and sports club “Olympic Hopes”, on the basis of which Oleksandr Gordienko trains as much as possible.
“I constantly feel the support of Maxym Vladimirovich. In general, he cares for everybody: he helps children and athletes. I am very grateful to him”, said Oleksandr Gordienko. We are sure that the main awards are still ahead of the talented athlete!