Vladimir Putin and Albert Demchenko 24 February 2014
|Native name||Альберт Михайлович Демченко|
|Full name||Albert Mikhailovich Demchenko|
27 November 1971|
Chusovoy, Perm Oblast, RSFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (216 lb; 15.4 st)|
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. 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. As a result both his medals were reinstated.
- "IOC bans 11 Russian winter athletes for life for Sochi 2014 doping". Reuters. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
- "THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) DELIVERS ITS DECISIONS IN THE MATTER OF 39 RUSSIAN ATHLETES V/ THE IOC:28 APPEALS UPHELD, 11 PARTIALLY UPHELD" (PDF). THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
- Media related to Albert Demchenko at Wikimedia Commons
- Albert Demchenko at the International Luge Federation
- FIL-Luge profile at the Wayback Machine (archived December 10, 2014)
- Fuzilogik Sports – Winter Olympic results – Men's luge at the Wayback Machine (archived 2010-02-21)
- Hickoksports.com results on Olympic champions in luge and skelton. at the Library of Congress Web Archives (archived 2002-02-23)
- List of European luge champions (in German) at the Wayback Machine (archived 2008-03-25)
- List of men's singles luge World Cup champions since 1978. at the Wayback Machine (archived 2008-02-06)
- NBC Biography at the Wayback Machine (archived 2006-03-06)
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