Albert Demchenko

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Albert Demchenko
Vladimir Putin and Albert Demchenko 24 February 2014.jpeg
Vladimir Putin and Albert Demchenko 24 February 2014
Personal information
Native name Альберт Михайлович Демченко
Full name Albert Mikhailovich Demchenko
Nationality Russian
Born (1971-11-27) 27 November 1971 (age 46)
Chusovoy, Perm Oblast, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb; 15.4 st)
Country  Russia
Sport Luge
Event(s) Men's singles

Albert Mikhailovich Demchenko (Russian: Альберт Михайлович Демченко; born 27 November 1971) is a Russian luger who has competed since 1992.


A seven-time Winter Olympian, he finally won his first medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin with a silver in the men's singles event. He competed in his sixth Olympics at the 2010 Winter Olympics, coming fourth.

Demchenko also won eight medals at the FIL European Luge Championships with four golds (Men's singles: 2006, 2010; Mixed team: 2012, 2014), two silvers (Men's singles: 1996, 2008), and two bronzes (Men's doubles: 1996; Mixed team: 2013).

He was overall Luge World Cup champion in men's singles in 2004–05.

In December 2017, he was one of eleven Russian athletes who were banned for life from the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee, after doping offences at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[1] In January 2018, he and Tatyana Ivanova successfully appealed against the lifetime ban as well as decision to strip his medals from Sochi Olympics at the court of arbitration for sport.[2] As a result both his medals were reinstated.

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