Just hours after the opening ceremony at the Paralympic Games, Ukrainian athlete Olena Iurkovska earned a bronze medal for placing in third in the women's six kilometer sitting competition.
Iurkovska dedicated her medal to her country.
"I devote my first medal in Sochi to an independent Ukraine," Iurkovska said. "Every time I race, it will be for Ukrainian independence and peace in my country."
Earlier in the day at the Paralympic opening ceremony in Sochi, the Ukrainian flag bearer, and only Ukrainian athlete to appear at the ceremony, was greeted with thunderous applause.