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Vladimir Smirnov (skier)

Vladimir Smirnov
Personal information
Full name Vladimir Mikhaylovich Smirnov
Born (1964-03-07)7 March 1964
Shuchinsk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Professional information
Club Stockviks SF
Skis Rossignol
World Cup
Seasons 1982–1998
Wins 30
Additional podiums 36
Total podiums 66
Overall titles 2 (1990–91, 1993–94)

Vladimir Mikhaylovich Smirnov (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Смирно́в; born 7 March 1964) is a Kazakhstani former cross-country skier who raced from the 1982 until 1991 for the USSR and, later, for Kazakhstan. First Olympic champion from independent Kazakhstan. He is also a vice president of the International Biathlon Union. Smirnov is a former member of International Olympic Committee.[1]

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Career highlights 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Smirnov was born in Shchuchinsk, Kazakh SSR. During the Soviet period, he trained at the Armed Forces sports society in Alma-Ata.

Career

Smirnov in 1994

Smirnov made his debut in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup on 18 December 1982 at Davos in a 15 km race, finishing in a 17th place. His first victory came in 1986, a classic style 15 km in Kavgolovo (URS). Smirnov gained a total of 30 victories in the World Cup, with 21 second and 15 third places. In 1994, he won the aggregate World Cup, thanks to seven victories in the course of the season.

At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships from 1987 to 1997, Smirnov totalled four gold (1989: 30 km, 1995: 10 km, 10 km + 15 km combined pursuit, 30 km), four silver (1987: 4x10 km, 1991: 30 km, 1993: 10 km, 10 km + 15 km combined pursuit) and three bronze medals (1991: 15 km, 1993: 30 km, 1995: 50 km). His best result was in Thunder Bay, Ontario (1995), when he won three events.

In 1994, he received the Holmenkollen Medal (shared with Lyubov Yegorova and Espen Bredesen). Smirnov also won twice at the Holmenkollen ski festival with a 15 km win in 1994 and a 50 km win in 1995.

A very regular and effective cross-country skier, especially in long-distance classic style races, Smirnov took part to the Winter Olympics from 1988 to 1998. His best known victory was the 50 km gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, the first Olympic gold medal for Kazakhstan. He was one of the leading characters of that Olympics, as his unending rivalry with home ever-winning Bjørn Dæhlie had gained him the affection of the Norwegian audience. He also became good friends with his rival Dæhlie, even participating with Dæhlie in several popular Norwegian TV shows.

In 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Smirnov was flag-bearer of Kazakhstan Olympic team and won the bronze medal in the 25 km pursuit event.[1]

Smirnov headed the bid committee to have Almaty, Kazakhstan, host the 2014 Winter Olympics, a bid that failed to make the short list that was announced by the International Olympic Committee on 22 June 2006.[1] In 2011, Smirnov participated at the opening ceremony of 2011 Asian Winter Games in Astana.

Personal life

In the 1990s Smirnov lived in the Swedish city of Sundsvall, where he was a co-founder and co-owner of a local brewery. He is married to Valentina Smirnova, and they have two daughters – Anna and Karolina. Smirnov speaks four languages: Russian, German, English and Swedish.[2]

Career highlights

Olympic Games
1988 – Calgary 2nd, 30 km C
1988 – Calgary 3rd, 15 km C
1988 – Calgary 2nd, 4x10 km relay
1994 – Lillehammer 2nd, 10 km C
1994 – Lillehammer 2nd, 25 km M pursuit
1994 – Lillehammer 1st, 50 km C
1998 – Nagano 3rd, 25 km M pursuit
World Ski Championships
1987 – Oberstdorf 2nd 2nd, 4x10 km relay
1989 – Lahti 1st 1st, 30 km C
1991 – Val di Fiemme 2nd 2nd, 30 km C
1991 – Val di Fiemme 3rd 3rd, 15 km F
1993 – Falun 3rd 3rd, 30 km C
1993 – Falun 2nd 2nd, 10 km C
1993 – Falun 1st 1st, 25 km M pursuit
1995 – Thunder Bay 1st 1st, 30 km C
1995 – Thunder Bay 1st 1st, 10 km C
1995 – Thunder Bay 1st 1st, 25 km M pursuit
1995 – Thunder Bay 3rd 3rd, 50 km F
Asian Winter Games
1999 – Gangwon 1st 1st, 15 km C
1999 – Gangwon 1st 1st, 4×10 km relay
1999 – Gangwon 3rd 3rd, 30 km F
World Cup overall
1985/86 – 3rd 3rd
1990/91 – 1st 1st
1991/92 – 3rd 3rd
1992/93 – 2nd 2nd
1993/94 – 1st 1st
1994/95 – 2nd 2nd
1995/96 – 2nd 2nd
1997/98 – 3rd 3rd
World Cup podiums
1984 – Murmansk 2nd 2nd, 15 km C
1985 – Labrador City 2nd 2nd, 15 km C
1986 – La Bresse 2nd 2nd, 30 km C
1986 – Kavgolovo 1st 1st, 15 km C
1986 – Cogne 3rd 3rd, 15 km F
1986 – Davos 2nd 2nd, 30 km C
1988 – Kavgolovo 1st 1st, 30 km C
1988 – Calgary 2nd 2nd, 30 km C
1988 – Calgary 3rd 3rd, 15 km C
1989 – Kavgolovo 2nd 2nd, 15 km C
1989 – Lahti 1st 1st, 30 km C
1990 – Reit im Winkl 1st 1st, 30 km F
1990 – Örnsköldsvik 3rd 3rd, 30 km C
1990 – Tauplitz 3rd 3rd, 25 km M pursuit
1990 – Davos 1st 1st, 15 km C
1990 – Les Saisies 1st 1st, 30 km C
1991 – Minsk 1st 1st, 15 km F
1991 – Val di Fiemme 2nd 2nd, 30 km C
1991 – Val di Fiemme 3rd 3rd, 15 km F
1991 – Lahti 2nd 2nd, 30 km F
1991 – Silver Star 2nd 2nd, 10 km C
1992 – Kavgolovo 3rd 3rd, 30 km C
1992 – Funäsdalen 3rd 3rd, 30 km F
1992 – Ramsau 2nd 2nd, 10 km F
1992 – Ramsau 3rd 3rd, 15 km C
1992 – Val di Fiemme 1st 1st, 30 km F
1993 – Bohinj 1st 1st, 15 km F
1993 – Falun 3rd 3rd, 30 km C
1993 – Falun 2nd 2nd, 10 km C
1993 – Falun 1st 1st, 25 km M pursuit
1993 – Lahti 2nd 2nd, 30 km F
1993 – Santa Caterina 1st 1st, 30 km C
1993 – Toblach 1st 1st, 10 km C
1993 – Toblach 1st 1st, 15 km F
1994 – Kavgolovo 1st 1st, 15 km C
1994 – Oslo 1st 1st, 15 km F
1994 – Lillehammer 2nd 2nd, 10 km C
1994 – Lillehammer 2nd 2nd, 25 km M pursuit
1994 – Lillehammer 1st 1st, 50 km C
1994 – Lahti 1st 1st, 15 km F
1994 – Kiruna 2nd 2nd, 10 km C
1994 – Sappada 3rd 3rd, 10 km F
1995 – Lahti 1st 1st, 15 km F
1995 – Lahti 1st 1st, 15 km C
1995 – Falun 3rd 3rd, 30 km C
1995 – Oslo 1st 1st, 50 km C
1995 – Thunder Bay 1st 1st, 30 km C
1995 – Thunder Bay 1st 1st, 10 km C
1995 – Thunder Bay 1st 1st, 25 km M pursuit
1995 – Thunder Bay 3rd 3rd, 50 km F
1995 – Sapporo 2nd 2nd, 15 km F
1995 – Vuokatti 1st 1st, 10 km C
1995 – Davos 2nd 2nd, 30 km C
1995 – Brusson 3rd 3rd, 15 km F
1995 – Santa Caterina 2nd 2nd, 10 km C
1995 – Santa Caterina 3rd 3rd, 15 km F
1996 – Strbske Pleso 1st 1st, 50 km F
1996 – Nove Mesto 1st 1st, 15 km C
1996 – Kavgolovo 2nd 2nd, 15 km C
1996 – Trondheim 1st 1st, 30 km F
1996 – Falun 1st 1st, 10 km F
1996 – Falun 1st 1st, 15 km C
1997 – Lahti 1st 1st, 30 km C
1997 – Beitostoelen 2nd 2nd, 10 km C
1997 – Val di Fiemme 3rd 3rd, 10 km C
1998 – Lahti 1st 1st, 30 km C
  • Сonfirmed by Official FIS Results

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Vladimir Smirnov. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Владимир Смирнов: «И после спорта судьба продолжает мне улыбаться». skisport.ru (interview in Russian) 25 October 2008

Further reading

  • Henry, Notaker (1994). Lillehammer 1994: A Fairy-Tale of Images. Oslo: Dreyers Forlag.  

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