Mikhail Voronin

Mikhail Yakovlevich Voronin (Russian: Михаил Яковлевич Воронин; 26 March 1945 – 22 May 2004) was a Soviet and Russian gymnast who competed for the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He won seven medals, including two gold, at the 1968 Summer Olympics, as well as two silver medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1]

Mikhail Voronin
Mikhail Voronin 1966.jpg
Mikhail Voronin in 1966
Personal information
Full nameMikhail Yakovlevich Voronin
Country represented Soviet Union
Born(1945-03-26)26 March 1945
Moscow, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Died22 May 2004(2004-05-22) (aged 59)
Moscow, Russia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics
ClubDynamo Moscow


Voronin trained at Dynamo in Moscow and became an Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR in 1966. He won national titles in the all-around (1968–71) and on the rings (1966–67, 1969–72), pommel horse (1967, 1969–70), parallel bars (1967, 1969), high bar (1971) and floor exercise (1966).[1][2]

He won the all-around and rings titles at the 1966 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He also won 15 medals at the European Championships, including gold medals in the all-around (1967, 1969) and on rings (1967, 1969, 1971), parallel bars (1967, 1969) and pommel horse (1967).[1][2]

After the 1972 Olympics, he retired from competition and became a gymnastics coach. He was the head coach at Dynamo from 1973–94, and president of the club from 1994 until his death in 2004. From 1978–88, he was also president of the Russian Gymnastics Federation.


Voronin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1969,[2] and became an Honoured Trainer of the Russian SFSR in 1979 and Honoured Trainer of the USSR in 1980. In 1973, he graduated from the State Central Order of Lenin Institute of Physical Culture.[3]

Voronin elementEdit

An element or horizontal bar was named after Mikhail Voronin. It's a back uprise and piked vault with 1/2 (180°) turn to hang.

Personal lifeEdit

Voronin's first wife, Zinaida Voronina, and son Dmitry Voronin were also competitive gymnasts. He and Voronina divorced in 1980.[1]

Voronin signing a bandage at the 1966 World Championships

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Mikhail Voronin. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b c Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 539.
  3. ^ (in Russian) Voronin's profile in the Great Olympic Encyclopedia

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