Mikhail Viktorovich Botvinov (Russian: Михаил Викторович Ботвинов); born 17 November 1967 in Lidinka, Soviet Union) is a Russian-born Austrian cross-country skier who competed from 1990 to 2007 for both Russia (until 1996) and Austria (since 1997).
Mikhail Botvinov (left)
|Full name||Mikhail Viktorovich Botvinov|
|Born||17 November 1967|
Lidinka, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||0 – (2nd in 1999)|
|Discipline titles||1 – (1 LD: 1999)|
He won two medals at the Winter Olympics with a silver in the men's 30 km freestyle mass start event in 2002 and a bronze in the men's 50 km freestyle mass start in 2006 (Both for Austria). He also competed for the Unified Team in the 1992 Winter Olympics and for Russia in the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Botvinov also won the 50 km event at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in 1999, becoming the first Austrian to win the prestigious cross country event. He also won the Vasaloppet event in Sweden two years earlier.
His biggest successes were at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where he won three medals. He won a bronze in 1993 for Russia in the 4 × 10 km relay. In 1999, representing Austria, won a gold in the 4 × 10 km relay and a bronze in the 50 km.
Botvinov emigrated from Russia to Austria in 1996 and was forced to sit out both the 1996–97 FIS World Cup Season and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano until he could his citizenship status clarified, but returned to form in 1998. He also encountered controversy with his teammate Christian Hoffmann regarding blood doping in 2002, though both were cleared by the International Olympic Committee on 9 April 2002.
Botvinov retired after the 2006–07 World Cup season.
Cross-country skiing resultsEdit
- 2 medals – (1 silver, 1 bronze)
|Year||Age||10 km||15 km||Pursuit||30 km||50 km||Sprint|| 4 × 10 km
| Team |
- 3 medals – (1 gold, 2 bronze)
|Year||Age||10 km|| 15 km
| 15 km
|Pursuit||30 km||50 km||Sprint|| 4 × 10 km
| Team |
|Season||Age||Discipline standings||Ski Tour standings|
|Overall||Distance||Long Distance||Middle Distance||Sprint||Tour de|
- 2 victories
- 19 podiums
|1||1991–92||14 March 1992||Vang, Norway||50 km Individual C||World Cup||2nd|
|2||1992–93||18 December 1992||Val di Fiemme, Italy||30 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|3||3 January 1993||Kavgolovo, Russia||30 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|4||1994–95||11 February 1995||Oslo, Norway||50 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|5||1997–98||14 December 1997||Val di Fiemme, Italy||15 km Pursuit F||World Cup||3rd|
|6||10 January 1998||Ramsau, Austria||30 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|7||11 March 1998||Falun, Sweden||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|8||1998–99||12 December 1998||Toblach, Italy||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|9||19 December 1998||Davos, Switzerland||30 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|10||12 January 1999||Nové Město, Czech Republic||30 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|11||14 January 1999||Seefeld, Austria||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|12||28 February 1999||Ramsau, Austria||50 km Individual C||World Championships||3rd|
|13||13 March 1999||Falun, Sweden||30 km Individual C||World Cup||2nd|
|14||20 March 1999||Oslo, Norway||50 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|15||1999–00||5 February 2000||Lillehammer, Norway||10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||3rd|
|16||11 March 2000||Oslo, Norway||50 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|17||2000–01||13 January 2001||Soldier Hollow, United States||15 km Individual C||World Cup||2nd|
|18||4 March 2001||Kavgolovo, Russia||15 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|19||25 March 2001||Kuopio, Finland||60 km Mass Start F||World Cup||3rd|
- 4 victories
- 17 podiums
|1||1989–90||1 March 1990||Lahti, Finland||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Badamshin / Prokurorov / Smirnov|
|2||16 March 1990||Vang, Norway||4 × 10 km Relay C||World Cup||3rd||Badamshin / Golubev / Smirnov|
|3||1990–91||1 March 1991||Lahti, Finland||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Badamshin / Plaksunov / Prokurorov|
|4||1991–92||28 February 1992||Lahti, Finland||4 × 10 km Relay F||World Cup||1st||Kirilov / Prokurorov / Smirnov|
|5||8 March 1992||Funäsdalen, Sweden||4 × 10 km Relay C||World Cup||2nd||Kirilov / Prokurorov / Smirnov|
|6||1992–93||25 February 1993||Falun, Sweden||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Championships||3rd||Kirilov / Badamshin / Prokurorov|
|7||5 March 1993||Lahti, Finland||4 × 10 km Relay C||World Cup||2nd||Vorobyov / Badamshin / Prokurorov|
|8||1995–96||1 March 1996||Lahti, Finland||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Tchepikov / Tchernych / Prokurorov|
|9||1997–98||11 January 1998||Ramsau, Austria||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Stadlober / Hoffmann / Walcher|
|10||1998–99||20 December 1998||Davos, Switzerland||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Marent / Stadlober / Walcher|
|11||10 January 1999||Nové Město, Czech Republic||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Gandler / Marent / Hoffmann|
|12||26 February 1999||Ramsau, Austria||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Championships||1st||Gandler / Stadlober / Hoffmann|
|13||1999–00||28 November 1999||Kiruna, Sweden||4 × 10 km Relay F||World Cup||3rd||Marent / Walcher / Urain|
|14||13 January 2000||Nové Město, Czech Republic||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Marent / Walcher / Hoffmann|
|15||27 February 2000||Falun, Sweden||4 × 10 km Relay F||World Cup||3rd||Urain / Walcher / Hoffmann|
|16||5 March 2000||Lahti, Finland||4 × 10 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Urain / Walcher / Hoffmann|
|17||2000–01||9 December 2000||Santa Caterina, Italy||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Urain / Walcher / Hoffmann|
Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships, World Championship races were included in the World Cup scoring system.
- FIS Newsflash 122. April 11, 2007.
- "Athlete : BOTVINOV Mikhail". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
Media related to Mikhail Botvinov at Wikimedia Commons
- Mikhail Botvinov at the International Ski Federation
- Mikhail Botvinov at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
- Mikhail Botvinov at the International Olympic Committee
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-02-24) - click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (in Norwegian)
- skifaster.net April 9, 2002 article clearing Botvinov and Hoffman.