Vedenin in 2007
|Full name||Vyacheslav Petrovich Vedenin|
|Born||1 October 1941 (age 75)
Sloboda, Tula Oblast, USSR
|Height||164 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
|Coached by||Pavel Kolchin|
Vyacheslav Petrovich Vedenin (Russian: Вячеслав Петрович Веденин; born 1 October 1941) is a retired Soviet cross country skier. His silver medal over 50 km was the only medal won by a Soviet male skier at the 1968 Olympics, as his 4×10 km team placed fourth. At the next Olympics he was the Olympic flag bearer for the Soviet Union and won three medals, with golds in the 30 km and 4×10 km and a bronze in the 50 km. In the 4×10 km event Vedenin ran the last leg and won by 10 seconds, despite starting with a one-minute lag from Norway. His gold in the 30 km was the first individual win for a Soviet male skier at the Winter Olympics.
Vedenin also won three medals at the 1970 World Championships with two golds (30 km, 4x10 km) and one silver (50 km). After retiring from competitions he coached skiers at Dynamo Moscow, for which he competed through his entire career.
Vedenin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1970) and Order of Lenin (1972). Since 1989 a competition "Vedenin's Ski Track" («Лыжня Веденина») is held yearly in Dubna, Dubensky District, in his honor.
- Great Russian Encyclopedia (2006), Moscow: Bolshaya Rossiyskaya Entsiklopediya Publisher, vol. 4, p. 692
- Vyacheslav Vedenin. sports-reference.com
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