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Mikhail Botvinov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMikhail•Botvinov
Used nameMikhail•Botvinov
Other namesМихаил Викторович Ботвинов, Michail Viktorovich Botwinow
Born17 November 1967 in Lidinka, Tula (RUS)
Measurements185 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsSC Obertauern, Obertauern (AUT)
NOC(s) Austria Russian Federation Unified Team
Ethnic nationRUS

Biography

A native Russian, Mikhail Botvinov competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics for the Unified Team, and then in 1994 for Russia. But Botvinov defected to Austria in 1996, and had to sit out two seasons of international competition, returning in 1998. He competed at the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2006 for Austria, winning a silver medal in 30 km in 2002 and a bronze medal in 50 km in 2006. Botvinov won two World Championship medals for Austria in 1999, a gold with the relay team and a bronze in the 50 km. He had also won a World bronze in 1993 with the Russian relay team. Primarily a distance skiier, Botvinov won the Vasaloppet in Sweden in 1997 and in 1999 became the first Austrian to win at Holmenkollen, winning the 50 km.

Botvinov was involved in the doping scandal that involved the Austrian team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He was not sanctioned directly but in 2012 received a four-month conditional sentence for having lied in the course of the investigation against the Austrian cross-country ski coach. In 1999 he had been given the Silver Medal for Meritorious Service to the Austrian Republic.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1992 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Men Olympic 11 Representing Unified Team    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 12
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 28
  10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men Olympic 15
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Unified Team 5
1994 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Men Olympic 4 Representing Russian Federation    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 4
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 9
  10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men Olympic 5
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Russian Federation 5
2002 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 30 kilometres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Austria    
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 5
  10/10 kilometres Pursuit, Men Olympic 9
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Austria 4
2006 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 50 kilometres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Austria    
  30 km Skiathlon, Men Olympic 7

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