Although the 1980 equestrian games were not a top competition, like the other Olympic Games, because almost all the top riders missed the competition due to the boycott, the dressage event were a class higher than the rest of the riding events at the 1980 Olympic Games, because the Soviet Union had been one of the top dressage countries since the 1960s. The Soviets were considered as favorites in both individual and team dressage, but they were upset by the 1979 European champion Sissy Theurer of Austria in the individual competition, so Viktor Ugryumov had to settle for a bronze in individual event behind his compatriot Yury Kovshov, while taking gold in team event. Besides his two Olympic medals, Ugryumov won the team bronze at the 1978 World Championships and team silver at the 1979 European championships. Ugryumov also won three Soviet titles (1976, 1978, 1979). After finishing his sporting career, Ugryumov worked as a dressage coach in his native Belarus.