Sergey Ustiugov in 2013
|Full name||Sergey Aleksandrovich
|Born||8 April 1992|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||0 – (2nd in 2017)|
In 2011, Ustiugov won gold in sprint at the Youth World Championships in cross-country skiing in Otepää, Estonia. A year later he became four-times champion of the Youth Championships in Erzurum, Turkey. There he won gold in sprint, 10 km race, skiatlon and as part of the Russian team in the relay event. In 2013, he participated at the Junior Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic in the Under-23 classification, winning there two gold medals in 15 km free style and 30 km skiatlon. At the Junior Championships in Val di Fiemme in 2014 he won gold in individual sprint.
2011–15: World Cup debut and new coaching staff
Ustiugov debuted on 6 February 2011 at the World Cup in the relay event. Overall he reached 22 times the pedestal in World Cup individual events; nine times he championed, six times he became runner-up and seven times he was third-placed. The best overall ranking to date was 4th place in the 2015–16 season.
At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013 in Vale di Flemme, Ustiugov with his relay team won bronze. In the individual 15 km free style race he became 47th. In the same year he reached a podium place for the first time in Davos on 15 December, getting third in free style sprint. The next month he won a stage in the Czech Nové Město in free style sprint. He debuted at the 2014 Winter Olympics in sprint, where he became fifth after falling down near the final passage. In May 2014, Ustiugov moved to a separate group of the national team headed by the Swiss-German duo Reto Burgermeister/Isabel Knaute and so left the group headed by Oleg Perevozchikov.
2015–: Tour de Ski champion, World champion
In the 2015–16 WC season, in January 2015, he won the team sprint event with Alexey Petukhov at an World Cup stage in Otepää. In Rybinsk he became runner-up in free style sprint and third in individual 15 km free style. He participated at the 2016 Tour de Ski, reaching third place overall. In the Nove Mesto stage he won silver and bronze in 15 km free style event and relay event, subsequently. In February he won the mass start 15 km free style event in Swedish Falun. At the season-ending Ski Tour Canada he became 2nd overall, reaching five times the pedestal.
In October, Ustyugov and other skiers including Evgeny Belov and Stanislav Volzhentsev got into a conflict with the Swiss-German coaching duo Burgermeister-Knaute, and so President of the Russian Federation of Cross-Country Skiing and main coach of the national Russian team Elena Vyalbe allowed to switch Ustiugov the coaching group; the new coach became German Markus Kramer, who also coached 2014 Olympic Champion Alexander Legkov and other sportsmen.
In the new season, Ustiugov in January won the 2016-17 Tour de Ski. He won the first five stages and only in the 6th stage he lost the crown to Martin Sundby. In the last stage, the final climb, he started first and by saving the handycap won the overall tour. He was the second Russian after Legkov to win the Tour de Ski. Ustiugov also set a record for the most wins in succession (5). Before him, the record were four winning stages in a row, set by Sundby.
At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 he started by winning silver medal in the sprint competition. Then he went on winning his first ever gold medal at the Championships in 30 km skiathlon. With Nikita Kriukov he won his second gold medal in team sprint.
Sergey Ustiugov was born in Mezhdurechensky as one of the youngest children in a large family; he is of Mansi descent. He has a girlfriend, cross-country skier Elena Soboleva, with whom he is regularly meeting.
World Cup results
World Cup standings
|Season||Age||Season Standings||Ski Tour Standings|
- Key: WD denotes withdrawal from the tour.
- 11 victories – (4 WC, 7 SWC)
- 26 podiums – (12 WC, 14 SWC)
|1||2013–14||15 December 2013||Davos, Switzerland||1.5 km Sprint F||World Cup||3rd|
|2||11 January 2014||Nové Město, Czech Republic||1.6 km Sprint F||World Cup||1st|
|3||2014–15||23 January 2015||Rybinsk, Russia||15 km F Individual||World Cup||3rd|
|4||24 January 2015||Rybinsk, Russia||1.3 km Sprint F||World Cup||2nd|
|5||2015–16||1 January 2016||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||1.5 km Sprint F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|6||5 January 2016||Oberstdorf, Germany||1.5 km Sprint C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|7||1–10 January 2016||Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||3rd|
|8||23 January 2016||Nové Město, Czech Republic||15 km F Individual||World Cup||3rd|
|9||14 February 2016||Falun, Sweden||15 km F Mass Start||World Cup||1st|
|10||1 March 2016||Gatineau, Canada||1.7 km Sprint F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|11||2 March 2016||Gatineau, Canada||17.5 km C Mass Start||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|12||4 March 2016||Quebec City, Canada||1.7 km Sprint F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|13||5 March 2016||Quebec City, Canada||15 km F Pursuit||Stage World Cup||1st|
|14||9 March 2016||Canmore, Canada||15+15 km C/F Skiathlon||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|15||1–12 March 2016||Ski Tour Canada||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|16||2016–17||3 December 2016||Lillehammer, Norway||10 km F Individual||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|17||11 December 2016||Davos, Switzerland||1.6 km Sprint F||World Cup||1st|
|18||31 December 2016||Val Müstair, Switzerland||1.5 km Sprint F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|19||1 January 2017||Val Müstair, Switzerland||10 km C Mass Start||Stage World Cup||1st|
|20||3 January 2017||Oberstdorf, Germany||10+10 km C/F Skiathlon||Stage World Cup||1st|
|21||4 January 2017||Oberstdorf, Germany||15 km F Pursuit||Stage World Cup||1st|
|22||6 January 2017||Toblach, Italy||10 km F Individual||Stage World Cup||1st|
|23||7 January 2017||Val di Fiemme, Italy||15 km C Mass Start||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|24||31 December 2016
– 8 January 2017
|Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||1st|
|25||18 February 2017||Otepää, Estonia||1.6 km Sprint F||World Cup||3rd|
|26||8 March 2017||Drammen, Norway||1.2 km Sprint C||World Cup||3rd|
|Year||Age|| 15 km
| 30 km
| 50 km
|Sprint|| 4 x 10 km
World Championship results
- 6 medals – (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
|Year||Age|| 15 km
| 30 km
| 50 km
|Sprint|| 4 x 10 km
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- Краснов А. (2017-01-08). "Сергей Устюгов: «Я выиграл этот Тур не только ради себя, но и ради тех ребят, которых от него отстранили»" (in Russian). Lyzhnyy Sport. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
- "Сергей Устюгов — победитель юниорского Первенства Мира в лыжном спринте; Глеб Ретивых — бронзовый призёр!" (in Russian). Sports Information Agency "Ves' Sport". 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
- "Юрий Каминский: у нас есть целая россыпь ярких талантов, которых мы должны грамотно подвести к Сочи-2014" (in Russian). Sports Information Agency "Ves' Sport". 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
- "Сергей Устюгов: в Сочи буду выступать в спринте" (in Russian). Sports Information Agency "Ves' Sport". 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
- "Сергей Устюгов выиграл спринтерскую гонку на ЧМ среди юниоров и молодёжи" (in Russian). 2014-01-29.
- "Елена Вяльбе: у меня не было сомнений, идти или нет на второй срок в качестве президента Федерации лыжных гонок России" (in Russian). Sports Information Agency "Ves' Sport". 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
- N. Maryanchik (2016-02-10). "Бронзовый «Тур» Устюгова" (in Russian). Sport-Express. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
- "Сергей Устюгов победил на шведском этапе Кубка мира в лыжной гонке на 15 км с масс-старта!" (in Russian). Sports Information Agency "Ves' Sport". 2016-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
- "Устюгов, Белов и Волженцев перешли к Крамеру". Openski (in Russian). 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
- N. Maryanchik (2017-01-08). "Русский. Чистый. Первый! Сергей Устюгов — Победитель «Тур де Ски»." (in Russian). Sport-Express. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
- Men's sprint results Lahti 2017
- Men's skiathlon results Lahti 2017
- Устюгов вырвал у Сундбю золото чемпионата мира в Лахти
- Men's team sprint results Lahti 2017
- Darya Shchekotova (2014-02-11). "В лыжных гонках болеем сегодня за бывшего биатлониста и боксера Сергея Устюгова" (in Russian). Regional TV Company "Yugra". Retrieved 2017-01-07.
- "Sergey Ustiugov". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 3 March 2017.