Vladimir Putin and Alexey Voyevoda in 2014
|Native name||Алексей Иванович Воевода|
|Full name||Alexey Ivanovich Voyevoda|
9 May 1980 |
Kalibovitsa, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Residence||Sochi, Krasnodar Krai|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||115 kg (254 lb; 18.1 st)|
|Achievements and titles|
Alexey Ivanovich Voyevoda (Russian: Алексей Иванович Воевода; born 9 May 1980) is a Russian bobsledder and professional armwrestler. Two-time champion of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in the two-man and the four-man bobsleigh events.
A professional bobsleigher since 2002, Voyevoda won silver in the four-man bobsleigh event with teammates Philippe Egorov, Alexei Seliverstov, and Alexandre Zoubkov at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He also won a bronze in the two-man event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Voyevoda won a bronze in the two-man event and at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Voyevoda won a gold medal in the two-man event and he also won a gold medal in the four-man event. Voyevoda received the The Order For Merit to the Fatherland Award 4th class with Russian President Vladimir Putin handing the state awards.
Voyevoda holds a good deal of recognition as a professional arm wrestler, also secured several Russian arm wrestling championships. His triumph over legendary arm-wrestler John Brzenk, was immortalized in the feature length documentary, "Pulling John", directed by Sevan Matossian. The film, "Pulling John", also chronicles his life and training in Russia. He was defeated by Travis Bagent at the 2003 WAF championship, but won the Zloty Tur 2004 cup one year later, defeating high level armwrestlers such as Bagent, Brzenk, Matt Girdner, and Alexy Semerenko. Voyevoda reclaimed the WAF championship in 2004 (left- and right-handed) and won the European Championship the same year. After a left hand vendetta match with Alexey Semerenko (winning 4–2) and Travis Bagent (losing 5–1) in 2005, Voyevoda took a break from his professional arm wrestling career to return bobsleigh training until 2007. As of 2007, Alexey Voyevoda returned to the arm wrestling scene once again, he won a vendetta match 6–0 against Michael Todd from USA in Bulgaria on May 26. After that short comeback he resigned from the armwrestling scene due to his bobsleigh training and Olympic judo training and since then, has not appeared in any other event.
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