Alexander Artemev

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Alexander Artemev
— Gymnast —
Full name Alexander Vladimirovich Artemev
Nickname(s) Sasha
Country represented United States
Born (1985-08-29) August 29, 1985 (age 29)
Minsk, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
Hometown Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Discipline Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Level Senior International
Club 5280 Gymnastics
Team Chevron
Head coach(es) Vladimir Artemev

Alexander Vladimirovich "Sasha" Artemev (Russian: Александр Владимирович "Саша" Артемьев, Belarusian: Аляксандр Уладзіміравіч Арцем'еў; born August 29, 1985) is an American artistic gymnast. He is the 2006 all-around U.S. National Champion, the 2007 and 2008 U.S. National Champion on the pommel horse and an individual bronze medalist at the 2006 World Championships. Artemev was a member of the bronze medal winning U.S. team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Personal life[edit]

Alexander Artemev, who goes by the Russian diminutive "Sasha",[1] was born August 29, 1985 in Minsk, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus).[2] He is the only child of Svetlana and Vladimir Artemev. Both his parents are gymnastics coaches and former competitive gymnasts for the Soviet Union. His mother competed in rhythmic gymnastics while his father competed in artistic gymnastics. Vladimir was Soviet all-around champion in 1984 whose own Olympic ambitions were dashed by the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics.[3][4] By 1990, Svetlana moved to Chile to coach, leaving Vladimir a single dad.[1] Father and son came to the United States in 1994, becoming U.S. citizens in December 2002.[1][3][4] Artemev attended McLain High School, graduating in 2003.[4] He married University of Denver gymnast Brianna Springer in the summer of 2009[3][5] but divorced in 2011.[2][5]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Artemev won three titles at the 2006 U.S. National Championships on all-around, pommel horse and parallel bars. He was the only member of the American men's team to win a medal at the 2006 World Championships, a bronze on the pommel horse. At the 2007 U.S. Nationals he finished fourth in the all around, behind champion David Durante, Guillermo Alvarez, and Sho Nakamori.

At the 2008 U.S. Nationals, Artemev won the pommel horse title for the second consecutive year. After the Olympic Trials in June, he was named as an alternate to the men's team for the 2008 Olympics. On August 7, he was added to the team, replacing injured Morgan Hamm.[6]

Together with his teammates, Artemev won the bronze medal in men's team gymnastics in Beijing. Artemev's dazzling performance on the pommel horse, the last routine for the team, locked the Americans in third place. Following the team competition, Artemev competed in the individual all-around, where he received the second highest pommel horse score with a 15.525 (he previously placed third on his pommel horse routine at the qualifiers for all-around with a score of 15.250, and sixth for individual with a 15.250) Artemev finished the all-around competition in 12th place behind fellow American Jonathan Horton, who placed 9th.[7]

Artemev qualified for the pommel horse individual finals, where he attempted a new routine that would raise his difficulty level. However, halfway through his routine, and just after completing a more difficult move, he fell on an easier move, resulting in an automatic 0.8 of a point deduction, which dropped his final score to a 14.975.[8]

Artemev did not retire following the Olympic Games. In 2009, he returned to training in hopes to make the team for the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in October. Injury forced Artemev out of the 2009 Visa National Championships, yet on August 15, 2009, USA Gymnastics announced that Artemev would be part of the US delegation at the World Championships as long as he could prove physical readiness. He was unable to attend however and continued to train.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Michaelis, Vicki (October 11, 2006). "Parallel Olympic dream alive". USA Today (Wheat Ridge, Colorado). Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Meyer, John (July 19, 2011). "It's health first now for Olympic medalist Artemev". The Denver Post (Wheat Ridge, Colorado). Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "USA Gymnastics | Alexander Artemev". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Alexander Artemev – Gymnastics". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Chambers, Mike (April 1, 2011). "DU gymnast Springer set to roll again". The Denver Post. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lloyd, Janice (August 7, 2008). "Morgan Hamm's withdrawal hampers chances for USA men". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  7. ^ Saladyga, Karen. "Horton finishes ninth, Artemev 12th in men’s all-around at 2008 Olympic Games". Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  8. ^ Artemev not down despite falling
  9. ^ USA Gymnastics. "Alexander Artemev". Retrieved 2009-08-19. [dead link]

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