Joann Lõssov

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJoann•Lõssov
Used nameJoann•Lõssov
Other namesIoann Fyodorovich Lysov, Иоанн Фёдорович Лысов
Born10 September 1921 in Tallinn, Harjumaa (EST)
Died3 August 2000 in Tallinn, Harjumaa (EST)
Measurements174 cm
AffiliationsKalev Tallinn, Tallinn (EST)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Estonia
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Joann Lõssov took up basketball with Russ Tallinn in 1935 and played there until 1941, when he was mobilized to the Soviet Army. After serving with the Soviet Army throughout the war, Lõssov returned to basketball in 1944 and played with Kalev Tallinn until 1948. From 1949-51 he played with ÜSK Tartu, before finishing his career from 1952-58 again with Kalev Tallinn. At the Soviet championships, he won gold in 1949, silver in 1950 and bronze in 1945. Lõssov also won the Eight Cities Cup (predecessor to the Soviet Cup) in 1946 and 1950 and was runner-up in 1952. At the Estonian SSR championships, Lõssov won titles in 1944-47 and 1955. He was also Estonian SSR champion in volleyball in 1945 and in field handball in 1957-58 and 1960.

A point guard, Lõssov was on the Soviet national team from 1947-52 and captained the Soviet team from 1949-52. He won the Olympic silver in 1952, was European champion in 1947 and 1951 and won gold at the World Student Games in 1949 and 1951. At the 1947 European Championships, Lõssov was selected as the MVP of the tournament. Even while playing after WWII, Lõssov also worked as a basketball coach, serving as player-coach of Kalev Tallinn. From 1953-58, Lõssov was head coach of the Soviet national women’s team, winning the European Championships with them in 1954 and 1956. From 1957-66 Lõssov worked at the physical education department of the Tallinn Pedagogical Institute (now Tallinn University) and from 1966-90 worked at the physical education department of Tallinn Polytechnical Institute (now Tallinn University of Technology). From 1993-99 he was a coach with Kalev Tallinn. Lõssov was selected to the Estonian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Basketball (Basketball) URS EST Joann Lõssov
Basketball, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver

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