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Vasily Melnikov

Full name: Vasily Stepanovich Melnikov
Original name: Василий Степанович Мельников
Nickname(s): Basil
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: September 15, 1943 in [unknown], Bryansk, Russia
Died: September 19, 2017 in Kirovsk, Murmansk, Russia
Affiliations: CSKA St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Biography

Vasily Melnikov took up skiing at the age of 12 in the Arctic Kirovsk. In 1960, 16-year-old Vasily fulfilled the standard of the “Master of Sports of the USSR”, and a year later was named to the Alpine skiing national team.

Melnikov competed at the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Winter Games, and skied at the World and European Championships between 1961-71. He won 12 titles in Alpine skiing at the Soviet Nationals, still an all-time best after 45 years. Melnikov later became a a trainer-teacher at the regional youth sports school in Alpine skiing, and then became a trainer-teacher at the Kirovsk sports school, before retiring in 2002.

For his sports career Melnikov received numerous accolades, including Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, Honored Trainer of the RSFSR (1983), Honored Worker of Physical Culture of the Russian Federation1999), and he was made an honorable citizen of the city of Kirovsk.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Soviet Union URS 36
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Soviet Union URS AC DNF
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Soviet Union URS 25
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Soviet Union URS AC DQ
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Soviet Union URS 45
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Soviet Union URS 26

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 36 2:30.83
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings AC DQ

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings AC DNF
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Standings 45 3:48.97
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Run 1 42 1:52.42
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Run 2 47 1:56.55

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Round 25 2:22.61
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Round Run 1 26 1:16.18
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Round Run 2 25 1:06.43
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Qualifying Round One 9 Q 53.59
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Round 26 1:54.42
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Round Run 1 38 54.94
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Final Round Run 2 30 59.48
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Alpine Skiing Soviet Union Qualifying Round One Heat N 2 Q 54.32
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