Boris Stenin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBoris Andrianovich•Stenin
Used nameBoris•Stenin
Original nameБорис Андрианович•Стенин
Born17 January 1935 in Arti, Sverdlovsk (RUS)
Died18 January 2001 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements171 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsTrud Sverdlovsk, Yekaterinburg (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation


Boris Stenin made his international championships début at the 1959 European Championships where he was third in the 1,500 m and seventh in the all-around. The next season was very successful for Stenin and his wife Valentina Stenina. Stenin won his first Soviet all-around title and was second at the European All-Around Championships. He then repeated his wife’s feat and won World All-Around Championships, thus becoming the first husband/wife pair to win World speed skating all-around titles. At the 1960 Winter Olympics, Stenin won bronze in the 1,500 in his only start at the Olympics. As his wife had won silver at the same Olympics, they became also the first husband/wife pair to win speed skating Olympic medals. After the 1960 season Stenin was named the best speed skater of the year and was awarded the Oscar Mathisen trophy. The 1961 season was a disappointment to Stenin as he only won a bronze at the Soviet All-Around Championships and managed but a bronze medal in the 1,500 at the European Championships. In 1962 and 1963, Stenin won his second and third Soviet all-around titles and was also third at the 1962 European All-Around Championships, winning the 1,500 metres at both the World and European Championships. At the 1963 European All-Around Championships, Stenin won both the 500 and 1,500, but did not perform as well in the longer distances and had to settle for a disappointing fifth. Stenin made his last international appearance at the 1963 World All-Around Championships, where he won bronze in the 500. Domestically, besides his three all-around titles, Stenin won four more Soviet titles, three in the 1,500 (1960, 1962, 1963) and one over 500 m (1962). After he retired from competition, Stenin worked as a speed skating coach in Sverdlovsk. From 1966-70 he was the head coach of the Soviet national speed skating team and from 1973-84, was the head coach of Soviet women’s national team. In 1984, Stenin became a professor at the Central State Institute of Physical Education, where he headed the speed skating department. Stenin also worked with the International Skating Union (ISU), and at the time of his death was a member of the ISU Technical Committee for Speed Skating. In 1970 Stenin also published the book Тренировка сильнейших конькобежцев мира (Training the World’s Strongest Speed Skaters).

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.7 (1963); 1500 – 2:07.7 (1960); 5000 – 7:53.0 (1963); 10000 – 16:45.3 (1963).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) URS RUS Boris Stenin
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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