Whatever Happened to
Alexandre Kolyvanov?

Alexandre's Competitive Results:

1986 Champions All: 5th AA
1986 Jr. European Championships: 1st AA, 4th FX, 1st pH, 4th R, 6th V, 4th HB
1986 Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba): 1st T, 1st AA
1986 Jr. GDR-USSR Dual Meet: 1st Team, 3rd AA
1986 Moscow News: 4th AA, 3rd PH, 1st PB
1987 Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba): 1st T, 3rd AA
Jr. GDR-USSR Dual Meet: 1st Team, 1st AA
1988 Jr. European Championships: 1st AA, 1st FX, 1st PH, 4th V, 4th R, 2nd PB, 2nd HB
1988 Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba): 1st T, 9th AA, 1st PH
1988 Jr. USSR Championships: 1st AA
DTB Cup: 11th AA
1989 World Sports Fair: 14th AA 
1990 American Cup: 1st AA
1990 Blume Memorial: 2nd AA
1990 Chunichi Cup: 2nd AA, 3rd FX, 2nd PH, 1st V, 2nd PB, 7th HB
1990 GER-USA-USSR Tri-Meet: 1st T, 1st AA
1990 Tokyo Cup: 6th PH, 6th HB

1990 World Stars: 5th AA, 1st PH
1990 USSR Cup: 1st PB
Blume Memorial: 7th AA
1991 Rome Grand Prix: 6th AA
1991 Torino Grand Prix: 1st HB
1991 USSR Spartakiade: 6th AA
1991 World Stars: 9th AA
Champions All: 1st AA
1992 CIS Championships: 2nd AA
1992 CIS Cup: 7th AA, 2nd PH
1992 European Championships: 4th AA, 7th FX, 7th PH
1992 World Stars: 7th AA, 3rd FX, 6th PH, 6th PB
International Champs. of Romania: 2nd AA
1993 Kosice International: 3rd AA
1993 Russia Cup: 2nd AA
1993 World Stars: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st PB

The majority of these results were compiled from information found at Gymn Forum


Photo by Matthew Barber

Tribute courtesy of Annerin Long.

Alexandre 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.

He 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.

During 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.

International 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.

Kolyvanov 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.

Today 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 touch.

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.

Kolyvanov 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 competitive days.

Photos used the permission of Alexandre Kolyvanov

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