Who is Dziamyan Turchyn?
Senior team leader Viktor Reneysky was looking for fresh talent for his K4 boat which had failed to maintain the progress of previous years. Turchyn was surprisingly chosen ahead of Stanislau Strelchanka to replace Aliaksei Skurkouski in the senior K-4 500 m crew.
Turchyn had been selected not just for his athletic ability but also for his phlegmatic temperament. Indeed some observers worried that he would not "wake up" for big races. His new team-mates, however, laughed off such fears and at Turchyn's first major championship, he justified their faith as the Belarusian four took the 2004 European K-4 500 m silver medal in Poznań, Poland.
Still a teenager, Turchyn was the first of the juniors from Komatsu to win a senior medal and, despite the inevitable distractions, he handled his sudden success better than most. His coaches were relieved to see that their young star was still progressing well through the winter of 2004/05.
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- Mar 2, 1985
on July 23, 2013
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