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Vladimir Smirnov

Full name: Vladimir Mikhaylovich Smirnov
Original name: Владимир Михайлович Смирнов
Nickname(s): Smirre
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: March 7, 1964 in Shchuchinsk, Aqmola, Kazakhstan
Affiliations: SKA Almaty, Almaty (KAZ)
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team, KAZ Kazakhstan
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

Vladimir Smirnov, who was one of the most prominent cross-country skiers at the end of the 1980s and start of the 90s, made his international début at the 1985 World Championships. Smirnov won his first major international tournament medal, a silver in the relay, at the 1987 World Championships, where he was also fifth in 15 km. But Smirnov rose into prominence at the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he medaled at every distance in which he competed, winning silvers in the 30 km and the relay and bronze at 15 km. During his career Smirnov won four more Olympics medals, his only gold came in 1994 at 50 km and he also won silvers in the 10 km and pursuit in 1994 and bronze in the pursuit in 1998. At the 1989 World Championships Smirnov won his first title in the 30 km, while the high point of his career was probably at the 1995 World Championships, winning golds in the 10 km, 30 km and pursuit. He also won four silver medals and three bronzes at the World Championship. Smirnov was very successful at the World Cup, winning the event in 1990-91 and 1993-94, and winning three silvers and three bronzes. In 1994 Smirnov was awarded the Hollenkollen Medal. After finishing his sporting career, he became the IOC member for Kazakhstan from 1999-2001, and from 1998-2004 was a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. Smirnov also headed the bid committee for Almaty, Kazakhstan to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, but the bid failed to make the short list in 2006. He is also vice president of the International Biathlon Union (IBU).

Results

Men's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1992 Winter 27 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 13 29:13.1 3:31.8 1 14:58.7 10
1994 Winter 29 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 2 24:38.3 4:32.1 3 13:48.7 2
1998 Winter 33 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 4 27:45.1 4:47.5 4 17:24.5 2

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1988 Winter 23 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 3 41:48.5 13:06.1 1 28:29.6 2

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1988 Winter 23 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 2 1-24:35.1 27:11.9 1 55:43.4 1
1992 Winter 27 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 9 1-25:27.6 5:10.0 3 24:31.1 4 41:44.8 =5 1-07:48.3 7
1994 Winter 29 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 10 1-16:01.8 4:18.5 5 19:38.9 3 36:34.4 4 57:37.8 4
1998 Winter 33 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 12 1-38:59.1 5:36.6 4 38:52.5 8 1-17:31.0 10

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 27 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 35 2-15:48.5 4:11.1 14 26:09.3 9 41:22.9 7 1-08:55.1 9 1-24:08.6 9 2-00:02.7 23
1994 Winter 29 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 1 2-07:20.3 4:39.3 2 26:48.1 1 41:19.8 1 1-08:52.1 1 1-23:44.3 1 2-00:30.3 1
1998 Winter 33 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 8 2-07:26.4 21:52.1 8 1-03:18.7 10 1-22:25.4 8 1-57:58.4 8

Men's 10/15 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1992 Winter 27 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team Final Standings 8 39:59.8 +1:37 38:22.8 5
1994 Winter 29 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 2 36:18.0 +0:18 36:00.0 2
1998 Winter 33 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Kazakhstan Final Standings 3 40:07.5 +0:21 39:46.5 11

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1988 Winter 23 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 26:20.5 26:20.5 3
1992 Winter 27 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Unified Team EUN Final Standings 5 24:43.4 50:43.4 3
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