Valerios Leonidis

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Valerios Leonidis
Personal information
Birth nameValery Leonov
Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 54)
Yessentuki, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)

Valerios Leonidis (Greek: Βαλέριος Λεωνίδης; born February 14, 1966) is a Greek former weightlifter and current weightlifting trainer. He has won one Olympic silver medal, two silver and one bronze World Championship medals.[1] He has competed in different weight classes from 60 kg to 69 kg. His rivalry with world-record holder Naim Süleymanoğlu in the men's 64 kg was a very popular part of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, in which he won the silver medal.

Leonidis was born in Yessentuki, Russia, to a Pontic Greek family. He was a member of the national weightlifting team of the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1990 and he moved to Greece in 1991.


  1. ^ "Valerios Leonidis, Top Olympic Lifters of the 20th Century @ Lift Up". 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.

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