Nikita Kriukov

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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 30)
Dzerzhinsky, Russia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Ski club Sdusor 81
World Cup career
Seasons 2006–
Individual wins 2
Indv. podiums 13

Nikita Valeryevich Kryukov (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, five World cup gold medals (three stage races, two 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.

Career highlights[edit]

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

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