Vladimir Bure

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Vladimir Bure
Medal record
Men’s swimming
Competitor for the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Silver 1972 Munich 4×100 m freestyle
Bronze 1968 Mexico City 4×200 m freestyle
Bronze 1972 Munich 100 m freestyle
Bronze 1972 Munich 4×200 m freestyle
World Championships (LC)
Silver 1973 Belgrade 4×100 m freestyle
Silver 1975 Cali 100 m freestyle
European Championships (LC)
Gold 1970 Barcelona 4×100 m freestyle
Silver 1970 Barcelona 4×200 m freestyle
Silver 1974 Vienna 100 m freestyle
Silver 1974 Vienna 4x100 m freestyle
Silver 1977 Jönköping 100 m freestyle
Bronze 1977 Jönköping 4×100 m freestyle
Bronze 1974 Vienna 4×100 m medley
Summer Universiade
Gold 1973 Moscow 100 m freestyle
Bronze 1970 Turin 400 m freestyle

Vladimir Valeryevich Bure (Russian: Владимир Валерьевич Буре) (born December 4, 1950 in Norilsk, Soviet Union) is a retired Soviet Olympic swimmer and a fitness coach for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. Bure is the father of retired NHL players Pavel and Valeri Bure.


Bure trained in Moscow at Lokomotiv and later at the Armed Forces sports society.[1] A championship swimmer, he competed for the Soviet Union in the 1968, 1972, and 1976 Olympic Games. He won a bronze medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay (8:01.6), teaming among others with Semyon Belits-Geiman.[2] Bure won one silver and two bronze medals at 1972 Olympics, bettering the bronze medal he won in 1968 in Mexico City. Additionally, Bure was a two-time European champion as well as a 17-time Soviet champion. He also won three silver medals during the 1973 and 1975 World Championships.

Bure was swimming coach of Red Army club for six years (1979–85). After that, Bure served as Vice President of Exsport club (1985–91), where he was in charge of the administration of eight different sports.

North America[edit]

Bure first came to North America in 1991, where his sons Pavel and Valeri were playing professional hockey. He joined Pavel, spending four seasons (1994–98) as fitness consultant with Vancouver Canucks. In the summer of 1999, he met up with Valeri as he joined the New Jersey Devils as fitness consultant.

He has won 2 Stanley Cups with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 2003.


  1. ^ Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed. ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 413. 
  2. ^ "Belits-Geiman, Semyon". Jewsinsports.org. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 

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