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Vladimir Bure

Full name: Vladimir Valeryevich Bure
Original name: Владимир Валерьевич Буре
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (181 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: December 4, 1950 in Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk Kray, Russia
Affiliations: Lokomotiv Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Father of Pavel Bure; Father of Valery Bure.

Medals: 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Vladimir Bure was the best Soviet freestyle swimmer of the 1970s. He competed in three Olympics and won four medals, individual 100 metre freestyle bronze in 1972, 4×100 freestyle relay silver in 1972 and 4×200 free relay bronzes in 1968 and 1972. Bure also won two World Championships silvers, an individual 100 free silver in 1975 and a 4×100 free relay silver in 1973. Bure won his only major international tournament title at the 1970 European Championships, where he won gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay. In addition to his 1970 European Championships title, Bure won four silvers (1974/1977 100 freestyle, 1970 4×200 free relay, 1974 4×100 free relay) and two bronzes (1974 medley relay, 1977 4×100 free relay) at the Europeans. Domestically, Bure won 17 Soviet titles – six in 100 freestyle (1971-75, 1977), two in 200 freestyle (1971, 1973), two in 400 freestyle (1972, 1973), one in the 1,500 metres (1968), two in 4×100 m freestyle relay (1973, 1975), two in 4×200 m freestyle relay (1967, 1973) and two in the medley relay (1973, 1975).

After finishing his sporting career, Bure worked as a swimming coach with CSKA Moskva (1979-85) and then as vice-president of Exsport club (1985-91), where he was in charge of the administration of eight different sports. Bure has two sons Pavel and Valery, who are both ice hockey players and who won silver at the 1998 Olympics and bronze at the 2002 Olympics, respectively, and have also played in the NHL. In 1991 Vladimir Bure moved to the United States with his two sons and has worked as a fitness consultant for the Vancouver Canucks (1994-98) and New Jersey Devils (since 1999), winning two Stanley Cups with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 2003.

Personal Best: 100 m freestyle – 51.32 (1975); 200 m freestyle – 1:56.15 (1972); 400 m freestyle – 4:06.3 (1973); 1500 m freestyle – 17:25.6 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 5 h1 r1/2
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 7
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Soviet Union URS 4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 7

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union Final 3 51.77
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 52.60
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Three 1 QU 52.87
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Soviet Union Final 7 52.03
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 51.93
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Four 1 QU 51.81

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union Final 7 1:57.24
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:56.15

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat One 5 18:14.7

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 2 3:29.72 52.26/WR 52.26
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union URS Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:32.72 53.00 53.00

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 3 8:01.6 2:02.3 2:02.3
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Three 1 QU 8:07.6 2:02.8 2:02.8
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 3 7:45.76 1:55.30 7:45.74

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 21 München Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 4 3:53.26 51.38 3:53.24