Alexander Tikhonov

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Alexander Tikhonov
Alexander Tikhonov.jpg
Tikhonov in 2015.
Personal information
Full nameAlexander Ivanovich Tikhonov
Born (1947-01-02) 2 January 1947 (age 72)
Uyskoye, Kolkhozny,
RSFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Professional information
World Cup debut13 January 1978
Olympic Games
Teams4 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980)
Medals5 (4 gold)
World Championships
Teams11 (1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
Medals17 (11 gold)
World Cup
Seasons3 (1977/78–1979/80)
Individual victories2
Individual podiums4

Alexander Ivanovich Tikhonov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ива́нович Ти́хонов; born 2 January 1947) is a former Soviet biathlete.

Life and career[edit]

Tikhonov trained at Dynamo in Novosibirsk. He is one of the most successful biathletes of all time, with nine world championship gold medals and four Olympic gold medals. He lacks an individual Olympic gold medal in his cupboard, but took part in the gold medal relay winning teams in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980.

In May 2002, he was chosen as vice president of the International Biathlon Union (IBU). He lived in Austria for several years in the early 2000s.

In 2000, he was accused of participating in planning the murder of Kemerovo Oblast governor Aman Tuleyev. According to the prosecution, a businessman named Mikhail Zhivilo and his company MIKOM had a business conflict with Tuleyev, and Zhivilo decided to organize Tuleyev's murder as revenge. Zhivilo knew Tikhonov and, allegedly, asked him for help. Tikhonov got him in touch with his younger brother, Viktor Tikhonov, who found two potential killers—Vladimir Kharchenko and Sergey Nikanorov. Kharchenko and Nikanorov went to FSB and told them about the murder plans. Viktor Tikhonov was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to four years imprisonment. Since Alexander Tikhonov lived in Austria for several years, he was indicted separately from the other accused. On July 23, 2007, he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to three years of imprisonment. However, he was amnestied immediately and will not spend any time in prison.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

Biathlon results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[2]

Olympic Games[edit]

5 medals (4 gold, 1 silver)

Event Individual Sprint Relay
France 1968 Grenoble Silver N/A Gold
Japan 1972 Sapporo 4th N/A Gold
Austria 1976 Innsbruck 5th N/A Gold
United States 1980 Lake Placid 9th Gold
*Sprint was added as an event in 1980.

World Championships[edit]

17 medals (11 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Relay
East Germany 1967 Altenberg 9th N/A Silver
Polish People's Republic 1969 Zakopane Gold N/A Gold
Sweden 1970 Östersund Gold N/A Gold
Finland 1971 Hämeenlinna Silver N/A Gold
United States 1973 Lake Placid Gold N/A Gold
Soviet Union 1974 Minsk 5th 11th Gold
Italy 1975 Antholz-Anterselva 7th 6th Silver
Italy 1976 Antholz-Anterselva N/A Gold N/A
Norway 1977 Lillehammer Bronze Gold Gold
Austria 1978 Hochfilzen 17th 17th 4th
West Germany 1979 Ruhpolding Silver 6th Bronze
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**Sprint was added as an event in 1974.

Individual victories[edit]

2 victories (1 In, 1 Sp)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
2 victories
(1 In, 1 Sp)
21 January 1979 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
6 April 1979 Norway Bardufoss 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aleksandr Tikhonov Amnestied by the Court
  2. ^ "Alexander Tikhonov". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 26 July 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.

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