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Vyacheslav Vedenin

Full name: Vyacheslav Petrovich Vedenin
Original name: Вячеслав Петрович Веденин
Gender: Male
Height: 5'5" (164 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: October 1, 1941 in Sloboda, Tula, Russia
Affiliations: Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

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

Biography

Vyacheslav Vedenin was one of the best long distance cross-country skiers in the late 1960s and early 70s. Vedenin made his first international appearance at the 1966 World Championships, where he was sixth at 50 km and eighth in the 15 km. At the 1968 Olympics, Vedenin won the only medal among Soviet male skiers by finishing second in the 50 km. In Grenoble he was also fourth in the relay and fourteenth at 30 km. At the 1970 World Championships Vedenin won two golds, in the 30 km and relay, and one silver over 50 km. At the 1972 Olympics, Vedenin first won gold in the 30 km, becoming the first Soviet male skier to win an individual Olympic title, and then placed third behind Norwegians Pål Tyldum and Magne Myrmo in the 50 km. Three days after his bronze in the 50 km, Vedenin skied the anchor leg for the Soviets in the relay. After three legs, the Norwegians had a comfortable lead, over a minute ahead of the Soviet Union, but Vedenin managed to reduce the gap to only 30 seconds after 5 km, and he continued to increase his pace, catching Norwegian anchor Johs Harviken only 100 metres from the line. While trying to counterattack, Harviken fell, and Vedenin, with the fastest leg of the competition, won an Olympic relay gold for the Soviet Union, ten seconds ahead of Norway. In 1972 Vedenin also won the Vasaloppet and continued to ski a few more seasons until an injury put an end to his sporting career. Domestically Vedenin won 13 Soviet titles – one at 15 km (1969), four at 50 km (1967-69, 1972), two at 70 km (1969, 1970) and six in the relay (1966, 1968-70, 1972, 1973). After his competitive career Vedenin worked as a cross-country skiing coach with Dynamo Moskva. Every year since 1989, races named in his honor are held in Dubna, near his birthplace.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Soviet Union URS 14
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 4
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 14 1-38:36.1 32:56.2 21 1-09:41.1 14
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 1 1-36:31.15 30:52.78 7 1-05:39.72 1

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 2 2-29:02.5 48:51.1 10 1-13:30.8 10 2-04:11.3 3
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 3 2-44:00.19 48:20.08 3 1-19:26.59 2 2-11:23.21 5

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 4 32:49.9 2-10:57.2 4
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 30:21.37 2-04:47.94 1