Ivan Rudyi was a member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine before his life changed in Lugansk on the 7th of August 2014.
Ivan and his colleagues came under mortar fire, with many losing their lives and Ivan left severely injured. He was rushed to Kharkov’s military hospital where the doctors did their best to heal his wounds and remove the shrapnel embedded in his body.
Thankfully, Ivan life was saved but he was told that his mobility would be severely impacted and that his right arm was now effectively useless and that he should learn to do everything with his left arm.
The doctors told him that he couldn't lift anything heavier than a bag of sugar but he refused to accept that and with the support of his wife, Kateryna and seeing the Invictus Games on television, Ivan was inspired to get back into sport.
Ivan is now an accomplished powerlifter and was excited to learn wheelchair basketball from Team USA and partake in team sports.
"It is wonderful to be able to participate in the wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games, as there’s nothing better than being able to represent your country as a team."
Ivan proudly served as Team Captain during a difficult time in Ukraine and is motivated to continuing his recovery journey and help others.