|Born||3 October 1924
Mordovo, Tambov Oblast, Russia
|Died||22 December 2012 (aged 88)
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
Arkady Nikitich Vorobyov (Russian: Аркадий Никитич Воробьёв; 3 October 1924 – 22 December 2012) was a Russian weightlifter, weightlifting coach, scientist and writer. He competed at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics and won one bronze and two gold medals. Between 1950 and 1960 he set 16 official world records. Later for many years he led the national team and the Soviet weightlifting program. In 1995 he was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.
Vorobyov was born in the village of Mordovo in Tambov Oblast, Russia. During World War II he served in the Soviet Navy on the Black Sea. After the war he worked on the restoration of the Odessa sea port, clearing the mines as a diver. There Vorobyov got acquainted with weightlifting, his first competition being the sea port championship.
He later won several world (1953–55, 1957 and 1958) and European titles (1950, 1953–55, 1958) competing in the light-heavyweight and middle-heavyweight categories. Between 1950 and 1960 he set 26 world records, 16 of them became official: two in the press, nine in the snatch, one in the clean and jerk and four in the total. For many years Vorobyov captained the Soviet weightlifting team, and after retiring from competitions became its head coach.
In 1957 Vorobyov graduated from a medical institute; in 1962 he defended a PhD and in 1970 a habilitation on weightlifting training at the Institute of Aviation and Space Medicine in Moscow. Since 1977 he was the rector of the Moscow Oblast Institute of Physical Culture and Sports. Over his scientific career Vorobyov published five textbooks and about 200 scientific papers on weightlifting. He was a leader of the Soviet weightlifting training program and one of the first Soviet scientists to apply computers to the training process. His students included elite coaches and sportsmen from Russia, Bulgaria, Cuba, Hungary and many other countries.