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Yevgeny Grishin

Full name: Yevgeny Romanovich Grishin
Original name: Евгений Романович Гришин
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: March 23, 1931 in Tula, Tula, Russia
Died: July 9, 2005 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

As a youth, Yevgeny Grishin was one of the most promising young Soviet track cyclists, and he took up skating only as a winter training procedure. But in his first skating competition, Grishin skated a new Soviet junior record and decided after that to concentrate on speed skating. He specialized in sprints, becoming the first skater to break the 40 second barrier in the 500 m and 2:10 barrier over 1500 m. As Grishin could not skate distances well, he never won Soviet or World Championships titles in the all-round, but dominated the 500 m and 1500 m in both championships at the end of 1950s and early 1960s. He won twelve Soviet titles (500 m: 1956-57, 1959, 1961-65, 1967; 1500 m: 1957, 1962, 1967) and six distance gold medals in the 500 m at the World Championships (1954, 1957, 1960-63). At the Worlds, in addition to his six golds, Grishin won four silvers (500 m in 1956 and 1500 m in 1954, 1956 and 1960) and three bronzes (1954 and 1956 in the all-round and 1957 in the 1500 m). Grishin was European All-round champion in 1956 and won the 500 m in every European Championships in which he competed (1954-57, 1961-62). Besides those six golds, Grishin won another two golds (1955, 1957), one silver (1956) and one bronze (1954) in the 1500 m at the European Championships. Grishin set seven world records, four over 500 m, one at 1000 m, and twice at 1500 m. After his sporting career, Grishin worked as a coach with the Soviet national team, specializing in sprints. He also published several autobiographical books: 500 метров (500 Metres, 1969), Или – или (Or – Or, 1976), Годы триумфальных побед (The Years of My Triumphs, 1999) and Такое не забывается (This is not Forgotten, 2001).

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.5 (1963); 1000 – 1:22.8 (1955); 1500 – 2:06.6 (1968); 5000 – 8:17.7 (1955); 10000 – 17:05.0 (1965).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold =WR
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Soviet Union URS 1T Gold WR
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold =OR
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Soviet Union URS 1T Gold
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Soviet Union URS 2T Silver
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Soviet Union URS 11T
1968 Winter 36 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Soviet Union URS 4

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 1 =WR 40.2
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 1 =OR 40.2 9.7
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 2T 40.6
1968 Winter 36 Grenoble Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 4 40.6

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 1T WR 2:08.6 26.6 59.0 1:32.5
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 1T 2:10.4 26 58 1:32
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 11T 2:13.3 26 1:00 1:36
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