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Sport Diving, High Diving
NOC Russia   
Born03 Feb 1984 in Ulan-Ude, URS
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Wife Polina, two children
Voronezh, RUS
English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching - Voronezh State Institute of Physical Education: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age four in Voronezh, Russian Federation, and switched to high diving in 2005.
Why this sport?
His mother liked the sport and was a friend of his first coach.
Name of coach
Gennady Starodubtsev, RUS; Polina Leskina, RUS; Dmitri Sautin, RUS
General Interest
Scuba diving, playing chess, reading. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing first in the 2013 Cliff Diving World Series. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Oleg Vyshivanov. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2017)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitri Sautin. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2015)
He tore a muscle in September 2015, which ruled him out of the 2015 Cliff Diving World Series event in Bilbao, Spain. His expected recovery period was six weeks. (redbullcliffdiving.com, 25 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have my own way in high diving. This is a special thrill - to know that you can beat any opponent. Whether I win or not depends only on me." (sport-express.ru, 19 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 23 Dec 2021; Athlete, 29 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives
His wife Polina was an artistic swimmer and his younger brother Ivan performed in diving shows. (sport-express.ru, 19 Apr 2019; allsportinfo.ru, 19 May 2013)
To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2020; sport-express.ru, 19 Apr 2019)
Other information
In 2020, following the cancellation of the Cliff Diving World Series events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he began working at a construction site. "There are no bad jobs. This work requires physical effort. I need to feed the family on something. I keep in shape as much as I can, but I combine all this with work. Tough times call for tough decisions. I was removed from my salary in the Russian national team, and the family must live somehow, so I must work." (rg.ru, 19 May 2020; rsport.ria.ru, 24 Apr 2020)

After retiring from pool diving in 2004, he moved to the People's Republic of China to learn high diving. He stayed there for eight years and spent time performing in a show. (sport-express.ru, 19 Apr 2019; allsportinfo.ru, 19 May 2013)

He has worked as a performer in a water show on a Caribbean cruise liner, where his fellow performers have included his younger brother Ivan and his wife Polina. (allsportinfo.ru, 19 May 2013)

 Competition Highlights
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2001 Elektrostal, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 282.81