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Nikolay Zimyatov

Full name: Nikolay Semyonovich Zimyatov
Original name: Николай Семёнович Зимятов
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: June 28, 1955 in Rumyantsevo, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Spartak Moskva, Moskva (RUS) / CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Nikolay Zimyatov is the greatest Soviet or Russian male cross-country skier. His fame rests primarily on his performance at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, when he won three gold medals in the 30 km, 50 km, and relay. He added two further Olympic medals in 1984, defending his 30 km title, and helping the Soviets to win a silver in the relay. At other championships he was much less successful, as his best finish at a World Championships was second in the 1978 30 km at Lahti. His other placements at the World Championships were fourth in the relay and fifth in the 15 km in 1978 and sixth in the relay, eighth at 15 km and 17th over 30 km in 1985. Zimyatov also won four Soviet Championships – in 1978 in the 30 km and relay and in 1979 in both 15 and 30 km. After his sporting career Zimyatov worked as a cross-country skiing coach, coaching the 2002 Russian Olympic team. In 1980 he married Lyubov Sykova, who placed 13th at 20 km race at the 1985 World Championships.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Soviet Union URS 4
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Soviet Union URS 6
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Soviet Union URS 13
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 4 42:33.96 13:40.84 5 26:21.13 6
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 6 42:34.5 18:14.0 5 30:45.6 7

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 1 1-27:02.80 28:31.50 1 44:21.91 1 57:44.45 1
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 1 1-28:56.3 21:20.8 1 43:48.0 1 1-05:50.3 1

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 1 2-27:24.60 36:10.61 4 50:41.09 2 1-12:38.72 2 2-04:44.53 1
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 13 2-22:15.0 22:44.3 4 56:07.9 6 1-33:33.2 9

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 28:27.70 1-57:03.46 1
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 28:38.0 1-55:16.5 2
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