Soslan Andiyev

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted 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 Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

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 NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1976 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS RUS Soslan Andiyev
Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1980 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS RUS Soslan Andiyev
Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold