March 18 in the history of the country’s sports movement

The Russian Olympic Committee congratulates the great athletes who were born on March 18 and remembers their achievements.

On March 18, 1980 in Leningrad a Russian figure skater and an Honored Master of Sports of Russia Alexei Yagudin was born. In 2002 Alexei won the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games held in Salt Lake City. Alexei Yagudin also became a four-time World champion (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002), a three-time European champion (1998, 1999, 2002), a two-time winner of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and a two-time World Professional champion.

In 2003, Alexei Yagudin announced the completion of his competitive career, and after that he performed in various professional tournaments and took part in theatrical performances and television shows.

This day have become particularly successful for the Russian national volleyball team, because on this day three honored volleyball players were born.

On March 18, 1945, Boris Tereschyuk the Soviet volleyball player, a volleyball coach and a member of the USSR national team (1968-1971) was born. As part of the national team Tereschyuk participated in the 1968 Olympic Games. At the XIX Olympic Games held in Mexico two sets of medals have been contested in volleyball. Eventually USSR men’s and women’s national teams won champion titles. Boris Tereschyuk became the Olympic champion, and later in 1971 he also became the European champion.

Another Olympic volleyball champion celebrates his birthday today. Alexander Butko, Belarusian and Russian volleyball player, a World League winner (2011) and a winner of the World Cup (2011) was born on March 18, 1986. He was awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports of Russia on August 20, 2012. Alexander Butko won the gold medal of the 2012 London Olympic Games as part of the Russian National Volleyball team.

On March 18, 1976 Alexey Kazakov, a Russian volleyball player and an Honored Master of Sports (1999) was born. At the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004, Kazakov gained the silver and the bronze medals for the Russian team. He is a World Cup winner (1999), a silver and a bronze medalist of  the European Championships, a silver and a bronze medalist of the World League and a Euroleague 2005 winner.

A member of the Russian water polo team and an Honored Master of Sports Natalia Kutuzova was born on March 18, 1975. Kutuzova is a two-time winner of the European Cup (1997, 1999), a Silver medalist of the European championship (1997) and of the World Cup (1997) and a bronze medalist of the European championship (1999).

On September 23, 2000, at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, she won the bronze medal in women’s water polo. Later in 2001, Natalia Kutuzova was awarded with the medal of order For merit to the Fatherland of the II degree.

The Russian Olympic Committee congratulates all those celebrating their birthdays on this day and wishes them good health and success in all their endeavors!