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Valentin Olenik

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameValentin Grigoryevich•Olenik
Used nameValentin•Olenik
Original nameВалентин Григорьевич•Оленик
Born18 July 1939 in Bungur, Kemerovo (RUS)
Died12 February 1987 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements184 cm / 87 kg
AffiliationsSpartak Novokuznetsk
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation


Valentin Olenik took up wrestling in 1954 and was selected for the Soviet national team in 1961. During his career Olenik competed in four major international tournaments: the 1964 Olympics, where he was fourth; the 1966 World Championships, where he won gold; the 1967 World Championships, where he won silver; and the 1968 Olympics, where he also won silver, all in Greco-Roman middleweight. Domestically, Olenik won the Soviet Greco-Roman middleweight title in 1967 and Greco-Roman light-heavyweight title in 1969. He also won Soviet medals in Greco-Roman middleweight, silver in 1966 and bronze in 1968, and Greco-Roman light-heavyweight bronze in 1970. Olenik finished his sporting career in 1972 and later worked as a wrestling coach and sports official. He was coach of the 1976 Soviet Olympic team and, from 1975, a board member of the Soviet Wrestling Federation. From 1978-85 Olenik worked with the Soviet State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports and, from 1985 until his untimely death due to a heart attack, was the head of the physical education department of the Moscow Institute of Transport Engineers. Since 2000, an annual Greco-Roman wrestling tournament has been held in his honor in Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS RUS Valentin Olenik
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) =4
1968 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS RUS Valentin Olenik
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver