Armed Forces (sports society)

The Sports Clubs of the Army, Russian: спортивные клубы Армии [СКА] sportivnye kluby Armiy, SKA, also called the Sports Clubs of the Soviet Ministry of Defense or simply Armed Forces or Army were a system of sports clubs and one of the largest sports societies in the USSR.

Established at first within officers' clubs of the Red Army, after the Second World War they were reformed into sports clubs for all ranks in the armed forces. All the sports clubs were supervised by the Sports Committee of the Ministry of Defence of the USSR and the sports committees of military districts and naval fleets, with each district and fleet having its own club.[1] The army clubs were often abbreviated as SKA and previously as SKVO and DO. The largest club was located in Moscow, CSKA Moscow ("C" standing for Central). The military sports clubs had an opportunity to enlist all top athletes of a country due to the mandatory conscription policies in force then.[1]

Alongside the SKA teams in the Soviet Army, each service branch of the Armed Forces maintained service-wide clubs, with component teams coming under district or fleet club supervision.

SubdivisionsEdit

Members of the society at OlympicsEdit

City represented and sports discipline are given in parentheses.

Summer OlympicsEdit

1952 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Yuriy Lituyev (Leningrad, athletics)
  2. Boris Tokarev (Leningrad, athletics)
  3. Anatoly Konev (Moscow, basketball)
  4. Aleksandr Moiseyev (Moscow, basketball)
  5. Arkady Vorobyov (Sverdlovsk, weightlifting)

1956 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Yuriy Lituyev (Moscow, athletics)
  2. Yevgeniy Maskinskov (Saransk, athletics)
  3. Semyon Rzhishchin (Moscow, athletics)
  4. Boris Tokarev (Moscow, athletics)
  5. Viktor Tsybulenko (Kiev, athletics)
  6. Vladimir Safronov (Chita, boxing)
  7. Arkady Vorobyov (Sverdlovsk, weightlifting)

1960 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Gusman Kosanov (Kishinev, athletics)
  2. Semyon Rzhishchin (Moscow, athletics)
  3. Viktor Tsybulenko (Kiev, athletics)
  4. Yury Vlasov (Moscow, weightlifting)
  5. Arkady Vorobyov (Sverdlovsk, weightlifting)

1964 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Oleg Fyodoseyev (Moscow, athletics)
  2. Gusman Kosanov (Alma-Ata, athletics)
  3. Edvin Ozolin (Leningrad, athletics)
  4. Oleg Grigoryev (Moscow, boxing)
  5. Stanislav Stepashkin (Moscow, boxing)
  6. Volodymyr Morozov (Krasnovodsk, canoeing)
  7. Grigory Kriss (Kiev, fencing)
  8. Oleg Stepanov (Moscow, judo)
  9. Yury Vlasov (Moscow, weightlifting)
  10. Leonid Zhabotinsky (Odessa, weightlifting)

1968 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Hennadiy Bleznitsov (Kharkov, athletics)
  2. Galina Bukharina (Moscow, athletics)
  3. Romuald Klim (Minsk, athletics)
  4. Jānis Lūsis (Riga, athletics)
  5. Volodymyr Morozov (Kiev, canoeing)
  6. Valery Yardy (Moscow, cycling)
  7. Grigory Kriss (Kiev, fencing)
  8. Viktor Sidyak (Lvov, fencing)
  9. Eduard Vinokurov (Leningrad, fencing)
  10. Leonid Zhabotinsky (Kiev, weightlifting)

1972 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Nadezhda Besfamilnaya (Moscow, athletics)
  2. Galina Bukharina (Moscow, athletics)
  3. Jānis Lūsis (Riga, athletics)
  4. Veniamin Soldatenko (Alma-Ata, athletics)
  5. Sergei Belov (Moscow, basketball)
  6. Ivan Edeshko (Moscow, basketball)
  7. Alzhan Zharmukhamedov (Moscow, basketball)
  8. Vyacheslav Lemeshev (Moscow, boxing)
  9. Volodymyr Morozov (Kiev, canoeing)
  10. Valery Yardy (Cheboksary, cycling)
  11. Grigory Kriss (Kiev, fencing)
  12. Viktor Sidyak (Minsk, fencing)
  13. Gennadiy Tsygankov (Moscow, ice hockey)
  14. Eduard Vinokurov (Leningrad, fencing)

1976 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Lidiya Alfeyeva (Moscow, athletics)
  2. Vera Anisimova (Moscow, athletics)
  3. Jānis Lūsis (Riga, athletics)
  4. Sergei Belov (Moscow, basketball)
  5. Ivan Edeshko (Moscow, basketball)
  6. Alzhan Zharmukhamedov (Moscow, basketball)
  7. Viktor Sidyak (Minsk, fencing)
  8. Yevgeni Chernyshov (Moscow, handball)
  9. Gennadiy Tsygankov (Moscow, ice hockey)
  10. Vladimir Bure (Moscow, swimming)
  11. Oleg Moliboga (Dnepropetrovsk, volleyball)
  12. Eduard Vinokurov (Leningrad, fencing)

1980 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Yevgeni Chernyshov (Moscow, handball)
  2. Anatoli Fedyukin (Moscow, handball)

1988 Summer OlympicsEdit

  1. Dmitry Bilozerchev (Moscow, artistic gymnastics)
  2. Hennadiy Avdyeyenko (Odessa, athletics)

Olympians of the Unified TeamEdit

1992 Summer OlympicsEdit

Winter OlympicsEdit

1956 Winter OlympicsEdit

  1. Fyodor Terentyev (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  2. Nikolay Gusakov (Moscow, nordic combined)

1960 Winter OlympicsEdit

  1. Vladimir Melanin (Kirov, biathlon)
  2. Gennady Vaganov (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  3. Nikolay Gusakov (Leningrad, nordic combined)

1964 Winter OlympicsEdit

  1. Vladimir Melanin (Kirov, biathlon)
  2. Rita Achkina (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  3. Yevdokiya Mekshilo (Leningrad, cross-country skiing)
  4. Gennady Vaganov (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  5. Nikolay Gusakov (Leningrad, Nordic combined)
  6. Nikolay Kiselyov (Leningrad, Nordic combined)

1968 Winter OlympicsEdit

  1. Rita Achkina (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  2. Vladimir Voronkov (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  3. Vladimir Belussov (Leningrad Oblast, ski jumping)

1972 Winter OlympicsEdit

  1. Vladimir Voronkov (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  2. Irina Rodnina (Moscow, figure skating)
  3. Alexei Ulanov (Moscow, figure skating)

1976 Winter OlympicsEdit

  1. Zinaida Amosova (Novosibirsk, cross-country skiing)
  2. Nikolay Bazhukov (Syktyvkar, cross-country skiing)
  3. Sergey Savelyev (Moscow, cross-country skiing)
  4. Irina Rodnina (Moscow, figure skating)
  5. Valery Muratov (Kolomna, speed skating)

1980 Winter OlympicsEdit

1984 Winter OlympicsEdit

1988 Winter OlympicsEdit

Overall Olympic performance by the societyEdit

In the following table for team events number of team representatives, who received medals are counted, not "one medal for one team", as usual.

Summer OlympicsEdit

Olympics Athletes       Total medals
1952 93 7 7 3 17
1956 80 12 11 15 38
1960 66 14 15 6 35
1964 112 27 29 12 68
1968 99 17 27 17 71
1972 104 33 18 18 69
1976 97 22 22 15 59

Winter OlympicsEdit

Olympics Athletes       Total medals
1956 20 13 1 1 15
1960 18 2 0 9 11
1964 24 11 3 1 15
1968 23 13 2 1 16
1972 24 16 0 1 17
1976 20 16 1 2 19

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ a b Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd edition, entry on "СССР. Физическая культура и спорт", available online here

BibliographyEdit

  • Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. - for tables and lists on 1952-1976 Olympics

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