March 17 in history of Russian Olympism

On this day, March 17, a constellation of outstanding athletes, who brought fame to our country and went down in the history of Russian Olympism, were born.

On this day in 1972, a Soviet and Russian figure skater Oksana Grischuk, whose ice dancing partner was Evgeny Platov, was born. Oksana Grischuk and Evgeny Platov became three-time European champions, four-time World champions, the first and only two-time Olympic champions in ice dancing. Oksana Grischuk is an honored master of sports and a two-time Olympic champion (1994 and 1998).

Also on March 17, 1934 the Soviet volleyball player, a member of the USSR national team (1960-1964) Vitaly Kovalenko was born. In 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games Soviet volleyball player took the gold medal, and later the honored master of sports became a double world champion (1960 and 1962)  an eight-fold champion of the USSR.

In 1971, a new hero of the Fencing Federation was born. Vladislav Pavlovich,  Russian foil fencer, an Honored Master of Sports, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games champion in the foil team event, 1995 World Championship silver medalist and champion of Russia, 1995 was born on March 17, 1971.

Soviet swimmer, Honored Master of Sports Alexander Chaev was also born on March 17, 1962. Alexander Chaev achieved his best results  at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He became a silver medalist in the 1,500m freestyle, a European champion in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay (1981), a champion of the USSR (1982) and a winner of the World University Games (1979, 1981).

Russian basketball player Olga Buryakina was born on March 17, 1958, and 30 years later she became the bronze medalist of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games as part of the USSR women’s basketball team.