Grigory Kriss

Grigory Yakovlevich Kriss (Ukrainian: Григорій Якович Крісс, Russian: Григорий Яковлевич Крисс, born 24 December 1940[1]) is a retired Soviet Olympic épée fencer who won four Olympic medals.

Grigory Kriss
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Personal information
Full nameHryhoriy Yakovych Kriss
Born (1940-12-24) 24 December 1940 (age 79)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
CountrySoviet Union
ClubSKA Kiev

Early lifeEdit

Kriss was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and is Jewish.[2][3][4][5][6] He was an officer in the Red Army of the Soviet Union.[7]

Fencing careerEdit

He competed at the 1964 Olympics winning a gold medal in Individual Epee, the 1968 Olympics winning silver medals in both Individual Epee and Team Epee, and the 1972 Olympics winning a bronze medal in Team Epee.[8][9]

At the World Championships he won the Individual Epee silver medal in 1967, the Individual Epee gold medal in 1971, and four World Team Epee medals: a bronze in 1965, a silver in 1966, a gold in 1969, and a silver in 1971.[10]

Hall of FameEdit

Kriss was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.[11][12]

Life outside competitive fencingEdit

He was a physical education teacher, and a fencing coach.[13][14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 556.
  2. ^ The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame - Joseph M. Siegman
  3. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics: with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press. p. 235. ISBN 9781903900888. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica - Fred Skolnik, Michael Berenbaum
  5. ^ Everyman's Judaica: An Encyclopedic Dictionary
  6. ^ The Jewish lists: physicists and generals, actors and writers, and hundreds ... - Martin Harry Greenberg
  7. ^ The Games: A Global History of the Olympics - David Goldblatt
  8. ^ "Hryhoriy Kriss Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  9. ^ XVIII Olympiad: Tokyo 1964, Grenoble 1968 - Carl Posey
  10. ^ "Grigori Kriss"
  11. ^ "Grigori Kriss". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  12. ^ Northern California Jewish Bulletin
  13. ^ "Kriss, Soviet Union Fencer, Regains World Epee Crown" - The New York Times
  14. ^ Culture and Life

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