Yevgeny Grishin (speed skater)
Yevgeny Grishin in 1964
23 March 1931|
|Died||9 July 2005
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (172 lb)|
Yevgeny Romanovich Grishin (Russian: Евгений Романович Гришин; 23 March 1931 – 9 July 2005) was a Russian speedskater. Grishin trained for the largest part of his speedskating career at CSKA Moscow. He became European Champion in 1956, and won Olympic gold in the 500 meter and 1500 meter events in both 1956 and 1960 Winter Olympics (sharing the 1500 meter victories with respectively Yuri Mikhaylov and Roald Aas), competing for the USSR team. Along with his compatriot Lidiya Skoblikova, he was the most successful athlete at the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Grishin was the first to break the 40 second barrier on the 500 m, skating 39.6 in a test race in Squaw Valley in 1960, just after the Winter Olympic Games at the same location. This result was not officially recognised as a world record. Three years later, on 27–28 January 1963, he set officially ratified world records 39.6 and 39.5 at the Medeo track. He also won 2 bronze medals in the World Championships, in 1954 and 1956.
He had 12 single distance wins in his 14 starts in allround championships. Over the course of his career Grishin set seven world records; the 1:22.8 time of the 1000 m lasted 12 years.
Over the course of his career, Grishin skated seven world records:
|1500 m||2:09.8||10 January 1955||Medeo|
|1000 m||1:22.8||12 January 1955||Medeo|
|500 m||40.2||22 January 1956||Misurina|
|500 m||40.2||28 January 1956||Misurina|
|1500 m||2:08.6||30 January 1956||Misurina|
|500 m||39.6||27 January 1963||Medeo|
|500 m||39.5||28 January 1963||Medeo|
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