courtesy of Annerin
Kolyvanov, a native of Voronezh, was born 6 December 1971, and coached by
Mikhail Genkin. While the gymnasts of Moscow and Vladimir seem to get much
attention, Voronezh could produce its own all-star squad with athletes such as
1999 World Champion Nikolai Krjukov, Dmitri Trouch (both also coached by Genkin),
and Aleksandr Tkachyov joining Kolyvanov.
first burst onto the international gymnastics scene when he was only fourteen
with victories at two of the biggest junior competitions in the world. His wins
at the Junior European Championship and Druzhba Competition in 1986 certainly
served as notice of his talent. This was followed with a third place finish at the Druzhba meet the next year, and victories in both competitions again in
1988. Kolyvanov's win in 1988 earned him the distinction of being the first man
to win back-to-back titles at the Junior European Championships.
this time, Kolyvanov also received exposure in some of the most prestigious
senior competitions, such as the Moscow News, Champions All, and Cottbus Tournament.
By 1990 he had an established international reputation, and he recorded some of
his best results that year. The year was opened with a victory at the American
Cup and closed with a second place finish at the Chunichi Cup. In between he
also finished second at the Blume Memorial, fifth at the World Stars (formerly
the Moscow News). Incidentally, the two second place finishes were both behind
1992 Olympic champion and Kolyvanovís close friend Vitali Scherbo.
assignments continued to come to the still young Kolyvanov, and in 1992 he
placed fourth (with Germans Ralf Buchner and Andreas Wecker) at the European
Championships. Although he never competed in an Olympics or World Championships,
he was named the alternate for the Games in Barcelona that year, what he
personally considers to be his greatest accomplishment in the sport.
closed his competitive career the following year with a victory at the Moscow
World Stars. Despite being at the top of his game at this point, politics led
him to retirement.
Kolyvanov is an assistant coach at the University of Iowa alongside former
Soviet teammate Dmitri Trouch. He also maintains contact with several other
former teammates who are also now in the United States. He served as best man at Scherboís wedding and joined him following the
near-fatal accident of Scherboís wife in late 1995, and they continue to stay
In November of
1998, Kolyvanov fell gravely ill with pancreatitis, and was hospitalized for
nearly two months, much of this time spent in ICU. During this time the
gymnastics team at the U of Iowa gymnastics team rallied together, raising funds
to help Kolyvanov's family. He was released in January of 1999, and today is
recovered from the disease.
and his wife Oxana have two children, Evgeny (nicknamed "Genya," born 1994) and Aleysia (born 2000).
Genya is following in his fatherís gymnastics footsteps, and according to
Kolyvanov, loves it! In his free time, he builds model airplanes, a hobby he
began as a boy in Russia (he says his father worked in an airplane factory, and
he has always loved planes). His Web site, http://akmodels.bizland.com,
has several photos of planes he has built, as well as some photos from his
Photos used the
permission of Alexandre Kolyvanov
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