Alexey Prokurorov

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Prokurorov (left) in 2002.

Alexey Alexeyevich Prokurorov (Russian: Алексе́й Алексе́евич Прокуро́ров; March 25, 1964 – October 10, 2008) was a Soviet/Russian cross-country skier who competed in the late 1980s and 1990s for both the Soviet Union and Russia.

Prokurorov was born in the village of Mishino of Vladimir Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

Prokurorov's biggest successes winning a gold medal in the 30 km freestyle and a silver medal in the 4x10 km at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Prokurorov earned a total of six medals. This included one gold (30 km: 1997), one silver (10 km: 1997), and four bronzes (50 km: 1989, 4x10 km: 1993, 30 km: 1995, 10 km + 15 km combined pursuit: 1997). He also won the 50 km event twice at the Holmenkollen ski festival (1993, 1998). He also won the Russian championship title 13 times.

Prokurorov received the Holmenkollen medal, the highest Norwegian skiing award in 1998 (shared with Fred Børre Lundberg, Larissa Lazutina and Harri Kirvesniemi).[1]

Prokourorov was a flag bearer of Russian team at the 1998 Winter Olympics and 2002 Winter Olympics.[2]

Prokourorov retired after the 2001/2002 season at the age of 39. After retirement, was Chief coach of the Russian women cross country skiing team. He received state honors for his services to sports.

He died in a road accident in Vladimir on October 10, 2008, when he was hit by a car driven by a drunk man[3] as he was crossing the road.[4][5]

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