Ivan Babikov (born July 4, 1980 in Syktyvkar, Komi ASSR, Russian SFSR) is a Russian-born Canadian cross country skier who has been competing since 2002. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, he earned his best finish of 5th in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit, representing Canada.
Babikov's best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was a 4th place in the 15 km freestyle event at Val di Fiemme in 2013. His best World Cup finish was fourth in a 15 km event in Canada in 2005.
Babikov has 33 individual career victories up to 50 km at lesser events from 2003 to 2006. He competed in 2006-Turino Olympics for Russia (he was 13-th in 15/15 duathlon) & in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, finishing seventh in the 4 x 10 km relay. In Vancouver he showed his best personal Olympic results: He was fifth in duathlon & eighth in 15 km free skate..
Change of nationality
Babikov lived in Canada in spring 2003 on a sponsorship, and got his Canadian citizenship in December 2007. In 2008, he still had to ski for Russia, according to rules about the licenses from International Ski Federation. He officially became a Canadian ski competitor in January 2009. Now he lives in Alberta.
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- Article from The Province newspaper, 16 Jan 2009