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Nikita Kriukov
Nikita Kriukov by Ivan Isaev from Russian Ski Magazine.JPG
Full name Nikita Valeryevich Kriukov
Born (1985-05-30) May 30, 1985 (age 31)
Dzerzhinsky, Russia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Ski club Sdusor 81
World Cup career
Seasons 2006–
Individual wins 3
Indiv. podiums 13

Nikita Valeryevich Kriukov (Russian: Никита Валерьевич Крюков; born 30 May 1985) is a Russian cross country skier who has competed since 2005. He is a sprint specialist who has won an Olympic Gold, two World Championship gold medals, six World cup gold medals (three stage races, three individual World Cups), all in the sprint events. He is arguably the fastest skier ever when it comes to double-poling on the flat in sprints. But as he showed in the team sprint in the World Championship, in Val di Fiemme, he is also very strong in the freestyle sprint.

A crash involving a Norwegian skier which obstructed his path before the final 200 metres likely cost him a 2nd Olympic Gold in the team sprint event in Sochi where he won silver. He appeared to be past his prime with declining results but a World Cup win in February 2016 has ignited him and he now aims for more medals at the 2018 Games.

He is known for his friendly and easy going personality and is very popular with his fellow competitors. He has a pet dog back home he is very attached to.

Career highlights[edit]

Olympic Games Medals
2010 – Canada 2010 Vancouver 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, classical sprint
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Medals
2011 – Norway Oslo 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, team sprint (with Panzhinskiy)
2013 – Italy Val di Fiemme 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, classical sprint
2013 – Italy Val di Fiemme 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, team sprint (with Petukhov)
2015 – Sweden Falun 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, team sprint (with Petukhov)
World Cup podiums
2009 – Finland Kuusamo 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, classical sprint
2010 – Estonia Otepää 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, classical sprint
2010 – Russia Rybinsk 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, freestyle sprint
2011 – Estonia Otepää 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, classical sprint
2011 – Germany Düsseldorf 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, team sprint (with Petukhov)
2012 – Finland Lahti 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, classical sprint
2012 – Canada Quebec 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, team sprint (with Petukhov)
2012 – Canada Canmore 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, freestyle sprint
2013 – Czech Republic Liberec 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, team sprint (with Petukhov)
2013 – Norway Drammen 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, classical sprint
2013 – Italy Asiago 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, classical sprint
2014 – Czech Republic Nove Mesto 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, team sprint (with Vylegzhanin)
2016 – Sweden Stockholm 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, classical sprint
Stage World Cup podiums
2010 – Sweden Stockholm 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, classical sprint (WC Final)
2011 – Finland Kuusamo 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, classical sprint (Nordic Opening)
2011 – Germany Oberstdorf 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, classical sprint (Tour de Ski)
2012 – Finland Kuusamo 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, classical sprint (Nordic Opening)
2013 – Sweden Stockholm 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, classical sprint (WC Final)

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