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Mikhail Botvinov

Full name: Mikhail Botvinov
Other name(s): Михаил Ботвинов, Michail Botwinow
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: November 17, 1967 in Lidinka, Tula, Russia
Affiliations: SC Obertauern, Obertauern (AUT)
Country: EUN Unified Team, RUS Russia, AUT Austria
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

A native Russian, Mikhail Botvinov competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics for the Unified Team, and then in 1994 for Russia. But Botvinov defected to Austria in 1996, and had to sit out two seasons of international competition, returning in 1998. He competed at the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2006 for Austria, winning a silver medal in 30 km in 2002 and a bronze medal in 50 km in 2006. Botvinov won two World Championship medals for Austria in 1999, a gold with the relay team and a bronze in the 50 km. He had also won a World bronze in 1993 with the Russian relay team. Primarily a distance skiier, Botvinov won the Vasaloppet in Sweden in 1997 and in 1999 became the first Austrian to win at Holmenkollen, winning the 50 km.

Botvinov was involved in the doping scandal that involved the Austrian team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He was not sanctioned directly but in 2012 received a four-month conditional sentence for having lied in the course of the investigation against the Austrian cross-country ski coach. In 1999 he had been given the Silver Medal for Meritorious Service to the Austrian Republic.

Results

Men's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 11 28:55.8 3:49.6 39 15:05.6 13
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Russia Final Standings 4 24:58.9 4:39.2 11 14:10.6 5

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 12 1-25:36.9 5:31.6 25 25:09.7 11 42:29.1 15 1-08:26.5 11
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Russia Final Standings 4 1-14:43.3 4:28.7 16 20:11.2 7 36:51.9 5 57:50.0 6
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Austria Final Standings 2 1-11:32.3 17:06.9 =1 35:32.1 4 53:25.3 4

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 28 2-14:20.8 4:18.0 35 26:32.0 13 42:51.0 19 1-12:05.6 30 1-28:35.5 33 2-02:01.2 32
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Russia Final Standings 9 2-10:18.9 4:42.4 5 27:18.4 4 42:19.8 8 1-11:08.2 9 1-26:28.0 10 2-03:47.5 9
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Austria Final Standings 5 2-09:21.7 32:10.8 2 1-03:32.6 2 1-41:55.3 3
2006 Winter 38 Torino Cross Country Skiing Austria Final Standings 3 2-06:12.7 24:16.1 29 1-05:26.5 2 1-40:55.3 9

Men's 10/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Austria 10 kilometres, Classical 6 Q 26:32.5
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Austria 10 kilometres, Freestyle 9 24:10.2 +0:25 23:45.2 20

Men's 10/15 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 15 41:07.1 +1:19 39:48.1 32
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Russia Final Standings 5 37:37.8 +0:38 36:59.8 8

Men's 30 km Skiathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
2006 Winter 38 Torino Cross Country Skiing Austria Final Standings 7 1-17:08.5 39:51.5 17 30.1 20 36:46.8 6

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team EUN Final Standings 5 25:02.6 1-15:46.0 3
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Russia RUS Final Standings 5 25:01.5 1-44:29.2 5
2002 Winter 34 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Austria AUT Final Standings 4 24:22.1 49:37.1 7