Biography of Nikolái Andriánov (1952-2011)

Soviet gymnast of Russian origin, born in Vladimir, 180 kilometres northeast of Moscow (Russia) on October 14, 1952 and died in his hometown on March 21, 2011. He/She was one of the best exponents of the Soviet school and author of the end of the Japanese domination of the 1970s. His career started in the 1972 Munich Games and after in the 1980 Moscow Olympic, it got seven gold medals, five silver and three bronze, becoming the gymnast who has achieved more medals in the history of the Olympic Games.

Inclined to physical confrontation, I used to spend more to assemble camorra with their classmates to study. One of his friends took a day to the gym where he/she came every afternoon, and that visit changed his life. The first few times it Andrianov arose in the gym not very favourably impressed the coach, Tolkatschov; but the more worked with small adolescent (measuring only 1.65 m) more convinced that he/she had in his hands a potential champion.

In 1970, at age 16, Andrianov joined the Soviet national team as an alternate. Two years later he/she managed to get to the games in Munich, where he/she won his first gold medal in the exercises of soil, horse jump at bronze and silver in the team competition. In Montreal, only the brilliant performance of Nadia Comaneci prevented that I was erected in indisputable figure in gymnastics, since he/she picked up no less than four gold medals (floor, jumping horse, rings and general classification), two silver (parallel bars and equipment) and one bronze (pommel horse). It dealt to Sawao Kato Japanese their first defeat in the general test after two consecutive victories, putting an end to the spate of three gold medals of the Japan in this test. In addition, introduced the double deadly ironing in the floor exercises test.

After winning the overall title in the editions of 1975 and 1977 for the World Cup, as well as the World Championship of 1978, he/she was eager to compete in their own country, in the Moscow Games in 1980. He/She was already 28 years old, and as always, Andrianov showed his excellence. Took the gold medals in the Colt and testing by teams, two silvers in the general classification and floor exercises, and a bronze on the horizontal bar, with which accumulated a total of 15 medals at three editions of the Olympic Games. In his successful career, he/she would win 54 trophies, including those obtained in world and European Championships. This collection, for many, wasn't just a tribute Andrianov talent, but her coach Tolkatschov, who in just a few years had gotten that talent to fraguase as a champion.


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