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Andrei MINAKOV
Sport Swimming
NOC ROC   
GenderMen
Born17 Mar 2002 in Tammisaari, FIN
Height1.87 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Russia
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six.
Why this sport?
"I came to swimming through skiing. My mother wanted me to do alpine skiing but, as there was a lot of free time during summer, she took me to swimming classes. I have never looked back since then."
Name of coach
Nikita Lugovkin [personal], RUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Minak (andreiminakov.com, 31 Oct 2020)
Hobbies
Skiing. (andreiminakov.com, 27 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Making the Russian team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo through his performances at the Russian national championships in April 2021. (gostanford.com, 27 Apr 2021)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (olympics.com, 13 Oct 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swim fast, study hard." (Instagram profile, 29 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 and 2019 he was named World Junior Male Swimmer of the Year at the Swammy Awards given by website SwimSwam. (swimswam.com, 31 Dec 2020)

In 2018 he received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 29 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (gostanford.com, 27 Apr 2021)
Other information
REMOTE STUDIES
In 2020 he began his studies at Stanford University in the United States of America remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It meant that he stayed in the Russian Federation to train for the Olympic Games in Tokyo during the 2020/21 academic year. He hopes to move to the United States of America to compete for Stanford University during the 2021/22 academic year. (swimswam.com, 28 Aug 2020; rsport.ria.ru, 27 Aug 2020; teamrussia.pro, 03 Jun 2020)

FUTURE PLANS
He is hoping his swimming career can help improve the sporting facilities in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, where he grew up as a child. "My dream is to build a swimming pool in St. Petersburg, so now the goal is to earn money and not only through sports. You can earn with the help of other professions. Mum always said that life is not limited to swimming. At age 30 sport will end, and you need to have something to fall back on. I'd also like a medicine-related career." (olympics.com, 13 Oct 2020; teamrussia.pro, 18 Aug 2019; tass.ru, 27 Jul 2019)

TRAINING IN THE UNITED STATES
He spent summers training with the Terrapins Swim Team in Concord, CA, United States of America from the age of 12 and throughout his teenage years. "I started training in California a little and my coaches from Russia and the US decided on my programme together. I feel at home in both Russia and in the US." (olympics.com, 13 Oct 2020; swimswam.com, 29 Nov 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 50.88
10 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 48.03
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.22
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.20
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 50.83
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.81
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 23.18
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 51.98
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 47.74
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:10.41
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.50
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:43.60