|Competitor for Soviet Union|
|Men’s speed skating|
|Bronze||1984 Sarajevo||1,500 m|
Competing for the Soviet Union, Oleg Bozhev had his best year in 1984 when he won a bronze medal on the 1,500 m at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, became World Allround Champion ten days later, became Soviet Allround Champion two weeks after that and skated a world record on the 1,500 m another two weeks later. He also was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples that year. The following three years (1985-1987), he won silver at the World Allround Championships. The closest he came to winning a second World Allround Championship was in 1986 when he finished second behind Hein Vergeer, with a difference of only 0.014 points, which translates to a mere 0.28 seconds of difference on the final distance (the 10,000 m). Except for one more international appearance in 1992, his last international appearance was in 1988.
Bozhev currently is the senior coach of the Russian skating team.
An overview of medals won by Bozhev at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|Winter Olympics||–||–||1984 (1,500 m)|
Over the course of his career, Bozhev skated one world record:
|1500 m||1.53,26||March 24, 1984||Medeo|
To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Bozhev skated his personal records.
|500 m||36.88||28 March 1985||Medeo||36.57|
|1,000 m||1:14.31||28 March 1985||Medeo||1:12.58|
|1,500 m||1:53.26||24 March 1984||Medeo||1:54.26|
|3,000 m||4:03.05||19 March 1987||Heerenveen||4:03.22|
|5,000 m||6:56.73||14 February 1987||Heerenveen||6:49.15|
|10,000 m||14:26.11||15 February 1987||Heerenveen||14:12.14|
|Big combination||160.558||15 February 1987||Heerenveen||160.807|
Note that Bozhev's personal record on the 3,000 m was not a world record because Leo Visser skated 3:59.27 at the same tournament. Bozhev's personal record on the big combination was not a world record either because Nikolay Gulyayev skated 159.356 at the same tournament.
Bozhev has an Adelskalender score of 159.611 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a third place.
- Panorama of the 1984 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Physical Culture and Sports publisher. 1985. p. 37.
- "Oleg Bozjev". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Oleg Bozjev at SpeedSkatingStats.com
- Personal records from Jakub Majerski's Speedskating Database
- Evert Stenlund's Adelskalender pages
- Short biography of Oleg Bozhev (in Russian)
- Legends of Soviet Sport: Oleg Bozhev