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Soslan Andiyev

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameSoslan Petrovich•Andiyev
Used nameSoslan•Andiyev
Original nameСослан Петрович•Андиев
Born21 April 1952 in Vladikavkaz, Respublika Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya (RUS)
Died22 November 2018 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements194 cm / 125 kg
AffiliationsDynamo Vladikavkaz, Vladikavkaz (RUS)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationRUS

Biography

Soslan Andiyev was the dominant super-heavyweight freestyle wrestler of the 1970s. Gaining a spot on the Soviet wrestling team in 1973, he immediately impressed by defeating American giant Chris Taylor at a World Cup meet. His fame then only rose, as the tall North Ossetian won four World Championships (1973, 1975, 1977-78), two Olympic Games (1976, 1980) and three European Championships (1974-75, 1982). He also won the World Cup in 1976 and 1981 and silver at the 1974 World Championships and would have been a medal contender at the 1984 Olympics, had the Soviet not boycotted the Games. At the Soviet Championships, Andiyev won seven titles (1973-78, 1980). After finishing his sporting career, Andiyev worked as a wrestling coach in Vladikavkaz. From 1990-98, he was also vice-president of the Russian National Olympic Committee. Andiyev was inducted into the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1976 Summer Olympics Wrestling Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union    
1980 Summer Olympics Wrestling Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union