Sergey Volkov (figure skater)

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Sergey Volkov
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Personal information
Native nameSergey Nikolayevich Volkov
Country representedSoviet Union
Born(1949-04-19)19 April 1949
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died31 August 1990(1990-08-31) (aged 41)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
CoachViktor Kudriavtsev (1959–1975)
Stanislav Zhuk (1976–1978)[2]
Skating clubSpartak Moscow
Soviet Army Moscow

Sergey Nikolayevich Volkov (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Волков; 19 April 1949 – 31 August 1990) was a Soviet figure skater. He won the 1975 World title and placed second in 1974.

Personal life[edit]

Volkov was born on 19 April 1949 in Moscow.[1] He was the brother of Elena Buriak, an international skating referee.[2] With his first wife, Lyudmila, he had a son, Aleksandr, and with his second wife, Oksana, he had twin daughters, Ekaterina and Anastasia. He died from stomach cancer on 31 August 1990 in Kharkiv and was buried in Kuntsevo Cemetery in Moscow.[2]

Volkov dreamed of becoming a pilot and twice tried to enter the flight academy in Rostov-on-Don. He failed the medical test both times because of his soft and weak knees and ankles, which would fail upon landing after a parachute jump. For the same reason he struggled with landing his jumps throughout his skating career.[3]


Volkov debuted at the 1968 European Championship, and placed 12th. In 1974, he won the silver medal at the European and World Championships. Volkov won the individual world title in 1975, becoming the first Soviet man to do so. Domestically he won two Soviet titles, in 1974 and 1976.

Volkov participated in eight European and four World Championships. He was unbeatable in special and compulsory figures. After retiring from competition he worked as a figure skating coach, and spent four months in Austria in 1990 in this capacity.[2]


Event 67–68 68–69 69–70 70–71 71–72 72–73 73–74 74–75 75–76 76–77 77–78
Olympics 18th 5th
Worlds 7th 10th 2nd 1st
Europeans 12th 7th 5th 6th 5th 2nd 4th 5th
Universiade 3rd
Moscow News 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd
Soviet Champ. 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 5th


  1. ^ a b "Sergey Volkov". Sports Reference.
  2. ^ a b c d Valiev, Boris (19 April 2003). Крутая спираль Сергея Волкова [Steep spiral of Sergei Volkov]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 7 December 2011.
  3. ^ Vaitsekhovskaya, Elena (14 March 2005) Сергей ВОЛКОВ.