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Alexandr Yuryevich Zubkov (Russian: Александр Юрьевич Зубков; born 10 August 1974) is a Russian retired bobsledder who has competed since 1999. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he won two medals with a silver in 2006 (four-man) and a bronze in 2010 (two-man).[1] On 24 November 2017, he was found guilty of doping offences and stripped of his medals from the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Alexandr Zubkov
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Alexandr Zubkov at the 2014 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameAlexandr Yuryevich Zubkov
Born (1974-08-10) 10 August 1974 (age 45)
Bratsk, Russian SFSR,  Soviet Union
ResidenceDmitrov, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Country Russia
Sport Bobsleigh (pilot)
Turned pro1999
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2nd, silver medalist(s)3rd, bronze medalist(s)



Zubkov with President Vladimir Putin at the award ceremonies for Russian athletes, 24 February 2014

Zubkov also won four medals at the FIBT World Championships with two silvers (Four-man: 2005, 2008) and two bronzes (Two-man: 2008, Four-man: 2003). He won the Bobsleigh World Cup in the four-man event three times as well (2004–5, 2005–6, 2008–9).

Prior to competing in bobsleigh, he competed in luge. Zubkov finished 20th in the men's singles event at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

2014 Winter OlympicsEdit

In 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, he was the flag bearer of Russia for the Opening Ceremony. Zubkov won Gold in both Two-Man and Four-Man Bobsleigh.

In the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Zubkov was coached by a former rival, Canadian Pierre Lueders.[2] Zubkov also paid a fee to borrow personal skids from the 2011 World Champion, Germany's Manuel Machata. Machata bought the skids for €29,000 in Switzerland, and had not qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The 2014 Olympics saw Germany failing to win a bobsleigh medal at an Olympics for the first time since Innsbruck 1964. Machata did not inform German Bobsleigh Luge and Skeleton Federation of this loan and received a one-year competitive ban and fine of €5,000 (250,000 rubles) from the Federation.[3][4][5][6]

Zubkov received the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" award 4th class with Russian President Vladimir Putin handing the state awards.[7]

In October 2014 Zubkov announced his retirement from the sport due to a long-term injury which prevented him from competing at the start of the 2014–15 season.[8]

In May 2016, Zubkov was named in a New York Times investigation of the state-sponsored steroid program in Russia.[9] On 24 November 2017, he was found guilty of doping offenses and stripped of his medals from the 2014 Winter Olympics.[10]. In 2018 he appealed this decision in the Moscow City Court which has decided not to recognise the CAS decision in Russia. Therefore in Russia he is still considered being an Olympics champion. This allows him to retain the lifetime Presidential stipend which is awarded to all Olympics medal winners.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

His daughter, Elisaveta Zubkova, is a Russian skeleton slider.[12]


  1. ^ Aleksandr Zubkov.
  2. ^ Eric Reguly (19 February 2014) "How Canadian Lueders helped put Russian bobsleigh team on right track". The Globe and Mail.
  3. ^ Nick Butler (3 March 2014) "German banned for loaning bobsled to double gold medal winning Russian rival Zubkov".
  4. ^ Anno Hecker (14 February 2014) Russisches Gold mit deutschen Kufen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  5. ^ Sperre und Geldstrafe für Machata, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ Christoph Becker (17 February 2014) Kein „olympiawürdiger“ Schlitten. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  7. ^ "Russia's Olympic athletes receive state awards". Information Telegraph Agency of Russia. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Russian Olympic bobsled champ Zubkov retires". 22 October 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca; Schwirtz, Michael (12 May 2016). "Russian Insider Says State-Run Doping Fueled Olympic Gold". New York Times. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
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  11. ^ "Бобслеист Зубков стал "олимпийским чемпионом на территории России". Соцсети завидуют". BBC. Retrieved 11 January 2019.

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