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Valdis Muižnieks

Full name: Valdis Muižnieks
Other name(s): Valdis Karlovich Muizhineks, Валдис Карлович Муйжинекс
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: February 22, 1935 in Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
Died: November 29, 2013
Affiliations: ASK Rīga, Rīga (LAT)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Shooting guard Valdis Muižnieks played with the Soviet national team from 1956-64, won three Olympic silver medals (1956-64), and was three times European champion (1957, 1959, 1961). He also participated at the 1959 World Championships, where the Soviet Union refused to play against Taiwan and was disqualified. At the club level, Muižnieks started to play basketball in 1951 with Dinamo Riga and then from 1954-64 was with ASK Riga. With ASK, Muižnieks won the Soviet title four times in a row (1955-58) and Euroleague three times in a row (1958-60). He also won two silvers (1962, 1964) and one bronze (1961) at the Soviet championships and was a runner-up at Euroleague in 1961 with ASK. Muižnieks finished his career by playing with Rigas VEF from 1964-69, winning another bronze at the Soviet championships with them in 1966.

After finishing his sporting career, Muižnieks became a sports official. From 1969-1976 he worked with the Latvian SSR Physical Culture and Sports Committee and from 1976-88 was the general manager of ASK Riga basketball team. In 2006 Muižnieks was selected as among the 10 best Soviet or Russian shooting guards of the 20th century by Russian sports newspaper Sport Express readers’ poll. His son Karlis and daughter Anete also became basketball players and later coaches. Karlis was one of the leading Latvian national team players in the 1990s and from 2004-07 and 2009 was head coach of the Latvian national team. Anete won the European title with the Soviet national team in 1982 and was Soviet champion from 1982-84.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Men's Basketball Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Men's Basketball Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Basketball Men's Basketball Soviet Union URS 2 Silver

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1956-11-30 URS 56, FRA 49
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #2 1 1956-11-27 URS 87, BRA 68 0
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #3 1 1956-11-28 URS 66, BUL 56 0
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #5 2 1956-11-29 USA 85, URS 55 0
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #1 1 1956-11-22 URS 97, CAN 59 4
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #4 2 1956-11-24 FRA 76, URS 67 5
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #5 1 1956-11-26 URS 91, SIN 42 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #1 1 1960-09-08 URS 64, BRA 62 5
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Final Round Match #3 1 1960-09-10 URS 78, ITA 70 9
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #2 1 1960-09-01 URS 89, URU 53 4
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #3 1 1960-09-02 URS 88, YUG 61 4
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Group B Match #6 2 1960-09-03 USA 81, URS 57 8
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Group C Match #1 1 1960-08-26 URS 66, MEX 49 10
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Group C Match #4 2 1960-08-27 BRA 58, URS 54 14
1960 Summer 25 Roma Basketball Soviet Union URS Group C Match #6 1 1960-08-29 URS 100, PUR 63 5
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Basketball Soviet Union URS Final Round Match 1/2 2 1964-10-23 USA 73, URS 59 0
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1964-10-21 URS 53, BRA 47 0
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #4 1 1964-10-11 URS 87, CAN 52 8
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #7 1 1964-10-12 URS 87, MEX 76 2