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Nikolay Gulyayev

Full name: Nikolay Alekseyevich Gulyayev
Original name: Николай Алексеевич Гуляев
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (192 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: January 1, 1966 in Vologda, Vologda, Russia
Affiliations: CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Nikolay Gulyayev made his international début at the 1986 European All-around Championships, where he surprised everyone by winning a silver at 1500 m, finishing fifth in all-around. The next season was probably Gulyayev's best. In December 1986 he won his only Soviet all-around title, with titles at the 500 m and 1,500 m distances. Then in January 1987, Gulyayev won the European All-around Championships, where he also won both the 500 and 1,500. After that he won the World All-around Championships with a new samalog record. At those World Championships he also won the 1500 m with a world record of 1:52.70 and won distance silvers in the 500 and 5,000. After the 1987 season Gulyayev was awarded the Oscar Mathiesen Trophy as the best speed skater of the year. Gulyayev was considered to be a favorite at the 1988 Winter Olympics in the sprints, but a month before the Games, he was caught trying to smuggle 700 capsules of Dianabol, an anabolic steroid, and because of this, did not defend his European and World titles. Since he never tested positive for steroid use, the IOC did not refuse Gulyayev's participation at the 1988 Winter Olympics, so he competed in Calgary, but under close scrutiny. At the Olympics, Gulyayev fell in the 500 m, won gold at 1,000 m, but was a disappointing seventh in the 1,500. After the 1988 Olympics, Gulyayev skated a few more seasons, but with less success, although he did won 500 m golds at the 1989 World and 1990 and 1991 European All-around Championships. He also tried his hand at the World Sprint Championships, his best finish seventh in 1992. Gulyayev won his third and last Soviet distance title in the 500 m in 1990 and he won CIS sprint title in 1992. After finishing his sporting career, Gulyayev worked as a speed skating coach in Russia and from 2002-06 was Vice President of the Russian Speed Skating Federation.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.84 (1990); 1000 – 1:13.03 (1988); 1500 – 1:52.70 (1988); 5000 – 6:51.28 (1987); 10000 – 14:28.45 (1987).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 22 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Soviet Union URS 36 fall
1988 Winter 22 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1988 Winter 22 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Soviet Union URS 7
1992 Winter 26 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Unified Team EUN 8

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1988 Winter 22 Calgary Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 36 fall 1:02.86 10.12

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1988 Winter 22 Calgary Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 1 OR 1:13.03 17.17 44.33
1992 Winter 26 Albertville Speed Skating Unified Team Final Standings 8 1:15.46 17.23 45.24

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1988 Winter 22 Calgary Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 7 1:53.04 24.48 52.77 1:22.14