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Igor Zhelezovsky

Full name: Igor Nikolayevich Zhelezovsky
Original name: Игорь Николаевич Железовский
Nickname(s): Igor the Terrible
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: July 1, 1963 in Orsha, Vitebsk, Belarus
Affiliations: SK VS Minsk, Minsk (BLR)
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team, BLR Belarus
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Igor Zhelezovsky is considered to be one of the best sprinters ever, although he managed only two winter Olympic medals, bronze and silver in the 1,000 m in 1988 and 1994, respectively. Zhelezovsky surprised everyone in March 1983, by setting a 1,500 m world record of 1:54.26 in Medeo. In 1985 Zhelezovsky won the World Sprint Championships, which he would repeat five more times in 1986, 1989 and 1991-93. In addition to his six titles, Zhelezovsky won a bronze at the 1990 World Sprint Championships. In December 1987, Zhelezovsky again broke the 1,500 world record, clocking 1:52.50 at Calgary, on the future Olympic rink. His third and fourth world records came at the 1989 World Sprint Championships, with a 1,000 m record of 1:12.58, finishing the competition with a world record in the sprint all-around. Zhelezovsky also won the World Cup in the 1,000 m from 1991-93. Domestically Zhelezovsky won five Soviet sprint titles – 1985-86 and 1989-91. After finishing his sporting career, Zhelezovsky worked as the president of Belorussian Speed Skating Federation, was a member of the Belorussian Olympic Committee, and from 1996-2001 was the president of Belorussian Paralympic Committee.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.49 (1986); 1000 – 1:12.58 (1989); 1500 – 1:52.50 (1988); 5000 – 7:09.84 (1983); 10000 – 15:40.82 (1983).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Soviet Union URS 6
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Soviet Union URS 4
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Unified Team EUN 8
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Unified Team EUN 6
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Unified Team EUN 10
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Belarus BLR 10
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Belarus BLR 2 Silver OR

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 6 36.94 9.76
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Unified Team Final Standings 8 37.57 10.07
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Speed Skating Belarus Final Standings 10 36.73 9.99

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 3 1:13.19 16.73 44.28
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Unified Team Final Standings 6 1:15.05 17.19 44.89
1994 Winter 30 Lillehammer Speed Skating Belarus Final Standings 2 OR 1:12.72 16.92 43.80

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 4 1:52.63 24.27 53.11 1:22.52
1992 Winter 28 Albertville Speed Skating Unified Team Final Standings 10 1:57.24 24.47 53.58 1:24.22
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