Nikolay Zimyatov

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Nikolay Zimyatov
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Zimyatov in 2008.
Personal information
Born (1955-06-28) June 28, 1955 (age 61)[1]
Moscow, Russia[1]
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport Cross-country skiing
Club Spartak Moscow
Armed Forces Moscow[2]

Nikolay Semyonovich Zimyatov (Russian: Николай Семёнович Зимятов; born 28 June 1955), name also spelled Nikolaj Zimjatov, is one of the most successful Soviet/Russian male cross-country skiers. He was the first man in the sport to win three gold medals at a single Winter Olympics, in the 30 km, 50 km and 4×10 km relay at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. In the 50 km race he finished two and half minutes ahead of the second place.[1] He also won the 30 km event at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and was awarded Order of Friendship of Peoples that year.[3]

At the world championships Zimyatov won only one medal, a silver over 30 km in 1978. Nationally he collected four Soviet titles: in the 30 km and 4×10 km relay in 1978, and in the 15 and 30 km in 1979. After retiring from competitions he had a long career as a cross-country skiing coach and prepared the Russian team for the 2002 Olympics. In 1980 he married a fellow international skier Lyubov Sykova.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Nikolay Zimyatov. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. ^ a b c Nikolay Zimyatov.
  3. ^ Panorama of the 1984 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1985. p. 37. 

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