Dmytro Khaledzhi was born in 1979. At the age of 4, he was burned by a teapot tipped with boiling water, where 35% of his skin was damaged, and because of this, he had seven surgeries and received 12 blood transfusions. After all this disorder, his muscles atrophied and at age 6, Khaladzhi had to learn to walk again
He performed at the Donetsk circus, doing the acts “Heracles and the Nymphs” and “Heracles and the Bears”. In 2009, he participated in Ukraine’s got talent show, and reached the finals and refused to participate anymore.
In 2013, he played a leading role in the film Ivan (Strong Ivan) about the man the legendary Ukrainian strongman Ivan Firtsak-Kroton, from the 1930s. All the tricks of the film were completed by Khaladzhi, without editing. Of all the exploits, he was able to carry a horse on his back.
A curious fact, outside the world of sports, is that Dmytro wrote several stories about prominent athletes, and received the literary award The Golden Pen of Russia in 2010.