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 62)[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]

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[4]

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 2 victories
  • 2 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1983–84 10 December 1983 West Germany Reit im Winkl, West Germany 15 km Individual World Cup 1st
2 10 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 30 km Individual Olympic Games[1] 1st

Team podiums[edit]

  • 1 podium
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  1983–84  16 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Relay Olympic Games[1] 2nd Batyuk / Zavyalov / Nikitin

Note: 1 Until the 1994 Olympics, Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.


  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. 
  4. ^ "Athlete : ZIMJATOV Nikolaj". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 

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