Soviet Union at the 1988 Winter Olympics

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union) competed at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It would be the last Winter Olympic Games before the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Six of the former Soviet republics would compete together as the Unified Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics, and each republic would be independently represented at subsequent Games.

Soviet Union at the
1988 Winter Olympics
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
IOC codeURS
NOCSoviet Olympic Committee
in Calgary
Competitors101 (78 men, 23 women) in 10 sports
Flag bearer Andrei Bukin (figure skating)
Medals
Ranked 1st
Gold
11
Silver
9
Bronze
9
Total
29
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Latvia (1924–1936, 1992–)
 Estonia (1928-1936, 1992–)
 Lithuania (1928, 1992–)
 Unified Team (1992)
 Armenia (1994–)
 Belarus (1994–)
 Georgia (1994–)
 Kazakhstan (1994–)
 Kyrgyzstan (1994–)
 Moldova (1994–)
 Russia (1994–2014)
 Ukraine (1994–)
 Uzbekistan (1994–)
 Azerbaijan (1998–)
 Tajikistan (2002–)
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (2018)
 ROC (2022)

The Soviet Union had its best showing at the Winter Olympics in terms of total medals (overtaking its 1976 result with 27 medals) and second-best in terms of gold medals (after the aforementioned 1976 result with 13 gold medals).

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event
  Gold Dmitry Vasilyev
Sergei Tchepikov
Aleksandr Popov
Valeriy Medvedtsev
Biathlon Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
  Gold Jānis Ķipurs
Vladimir Kozlov
Bobsleigh Two-man
  Gold Mikhail Devyatyarov Cross-country skiing Men's 15 km classical
  Gold Aleksey Prokurorov Cross-country skiing Men's 30 km classical
  Gold Vida Vencienė Cross-country skiing Women's 10 km classical
  Gold Tamara Tikhonova Cross-country skiing Women's 20 km freestyle
  Gold Svetlana Nageykina
Nina Gavrilyuk
Tamara Tikhonova
Anfisa Reztsova
Cross-country skiing Women's 4 × 5 km relay
  Gold Ekaterina Gordeeva
Sergei Grinkov
Figure skating Pairs
  Gold Natalia Bestemianova
Andrei Bukin
Figure skating Ice dancing
  Gold Soviet Union men's national ice hockey team
Ice hockey Men's competition
  Gold Nikolay Gulyayev Speed skating Men's 1000m
  Silver Valeriy Medvedtsev Biathlon Men's 10 km sprint
  Silver Valeriy Medvedtsev Biathlon Men's 20 km
  Silver Vladimir Smirnov Cross-country skiing Men's 30 km classical
  Silver Vladimir Smirnov
Vladimir Sakhnov
Mikhail Devyatyarov
Aleksey Prokurorov
Cross-country skiing Men's 4 × 10 km relay
  Silver Tamara Tikhonova Cross-country skiing Women's 5 km classical
  Silver Raisa Smetanina Cross-country skiing Women's 10 km classical
  Silver Anfisa Reztsova Cross-country skiing Women's 20 km freestyle
  Silver Elena Valova
Oleg Vassiliev
Figure skating Pairs
  Silver Marina Klimova
Sergei Ponomarenko
Figure skating Ice dancing
  Bronze Sergei Tchepikov Biathlon Men's 10 km sprint
  Bronze Jānis Ķipurs
Guntis Osis
Juris Tone
Vladimir Kozlov
Bobsleigh Four-man
  Bronze Vladimir Smirnov Cross-country skiing Men's 15 km classical
  Bronze Vida Vencienė Cross-country skiing Women's 5 km classical
  Bronze Raisa Smetanina Cross-country skiing Women's 20 km freestyle
  Bronze Viktor Petrenko Figure skating Men's singles
  Bronze Yury Kharchenko Luge Men's individual
  Bronze Allar Levandi Nordic combined Men's individual
  Bronze Igor Zhelezovsky Speed skating Men's 1000m

Alpine skiingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Sergey Petrik Super-G DNF
Konstantin Chistyakov DNF
Konstantin Chistyakov Giant Slalom 1:10.09 1:06.58 2:16.67 35
Sergey Petrik 1:09.78 1:05.38 2:15.16 30
Konstantin Chistyakov Slalom DNF DNF
Sergey Petrik 55.39 DNF DNF

Men's combined

Athlete Downhill Slalom Total
Time Time 1 Time 2 Points Rank
Konstantin Chistyakov 1:55.99 DNF DNF
Sergey Petrik 1:55.82 DSQ DSQ
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Golnur Postnikova Downhill 1:28.23 16

Women's combined

Athlete Downhill Slalom Total
Time Time 1 Time 2 Points Rank
Golnur Postnikova DNF DNF

BiathlonEdit

Men
Event Athlete Misses 1 Time Rank
10 km Sprint Juri Kashkarov 3 26:49.1 18
Dmitry Vasilyev 1 26:09.7 9
Sergei Tchepikov 0 25:29.4  
Valeriy Medvedtsev 0 25:23.7  
Event Athlete Time Misses Adjusted time 2 Rank
20 km Aleksandr Popov 56:24.0 3 59:24.0 12
Juri Kashkarov 55:43.1 2 57:43.1 5
Sergei Tchepikov 56:17.5 1 57:17.5 4
Valeriy Medvedtsev 54:54.6 2 56:54.6  
Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 1 Time Rank
Dmitry Vasilyev
Sergei Tchepikov
Aleksandr Popov
Valeriy Medvedtsev
0 1'22:30.0  

BobsleighEdit

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
URS-1 Jānis Ķipurs
Vladimir Kozlov
Two-man 57.43 4 58.05 1 59.52 2 58.48 2 3:53.48  
URS-2 Zintis Ekmanis
Aivars Trops
Two-man 57.95 10 59.12 6 1:00.72 14 59.13 6 3:56.92 9
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
URS-1 Māris Poikāns
Olafs Kļaviņš
Ivars Bērzups
Juris Jaudzems
Four-man 56.75 6 57.66 7 56.70 10 57.24 2 3:48.35 5
URS-2 Jānis Ķipurs
Guntis Osis
Juris Tone
Vladimir Kozlov
Four-man 56.72 4 57.28 1 56.41 4 57.85 7 3:48.26  

Cross-country skiingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km
C
Aleksey Prokurorov 43:36.9 18
Aleksandr Batyuk 43:08.7 15
Vladimir Smirnov 41:48.5  
Mikhail Devyatyarov 41:18.9  
30 km
C
Yury Burlakov 1'28:02.4 12
Mikhail Devyatyarov 1'25:31.3 4
Vladimir Smirnov 1'24:35.1  
Aleksey Prokurorov 1'24:26.3  
50 km
F
Aleksey Prokurorov 2'14:01.0 38
Yury Burlakov 2'12:02.2 26
Mikhail Devyatyarov 2'12:01.7 25
Vladimir Sakhnov 2'09:00.1 12
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle
Men's 4 × 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Vladimir Smirnov
Vladimir Sakhnov
Mikhail Devyatyarov
Aleksey Prokurorov
1'44:11.3  
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km
C
Raisa Smetanina 15:35.9 10
Svetlana Nageykina 15:29.9 8
Vida Vencienė 15:11.1  
Tamara Tikhonova 15:05.3  
10 km
C
Tamara Tikhonova 30:38.9 5
Svetlana Nageykina 30:26.5 4
Raisa Smetanina 30:17.0  
Vida Vencienė 30:08.3  
20 km
F
Nina Gavrilyuk DSQ
Raisa Smetanina 57:22.1  
Anfisa Reztsova 56:12.8  
Tamara Tikhonova 55:53.6  
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle
Women's 4 × 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Svetlana Nageykina
Nina Gavrilyuk
Tamara Tikhonova
Anfisa Reztsova
59:51.1  

Figure skatingEdit

Men
Athlete CF SP FS TFP Rank
Vladimir Kotin 5 6 8 13.4 6
Alexander Fadeev 1 9 5 8.2 4
Viktor Petrenko 6 3 3 7.8  
Women
Athlete CF SP FS TFP Rank
Anna Kondrashova 9 7 7 15.2 8
Kira Ivanova 1 10 9 13.6 7
Pairs
Athletes SP FS TFP Rank
Larisa Selezneva
Oleg Makarov
6 4 6.0 4
Elena Valova
Oleg Vassiliev
2 2 3.0  
Ekaterina Gordeeva
Sergei Grinkov
1 1 1.5  
Ice dancing
Athletes CD OD FD TFP Rank
Natalia Annenko
Genrikh Sretenski
4 4 4 8.0 4
Marina Klimova
Sergei Ponomarenko
2 2 2 4.0  
Natalia Bestemianova
Andrei Bukin
1 1 1 2.0  

Ice hockeyEdit

First roundEdit

Top three teams (shaded ones) advanced to the medal round.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
  Soviet Union 5 5 0 0 32 10 10
  West Germany 5 4 1 0 19 12 8
  Czechoslovakia 5 3 2 0 23 14 6
  United States 5 2 3 0 27 27 4
  Austria 5 0 4 1 12 29 1
  Norway 5 0 4 1 11 32 1
  • Soviet Union 5-0 Norway
  • Soviet Union 8-1 Austria
  • Soviet Union 7-5 USA
  • West Germany 3-6 Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union 6-1 Czechoslovakia

Medal roundEdit

The top three teams from each group play the top three teams from the other group once. Points from previous games against their own group carry over.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
  Soviet Union   5 4 1 0 25 7 8
  Finland 5 3 1 1 18 10 7
  Sweden 5 2 1 2 15 16 6
  Canada 5 2 2 1 17 14 5
  West Germany 5 1 4 0 8 26 2
  Czechoslovakia 5 1 4 0 12 22 2
  • Soviet Union 5-0 Canada
  • Soviet Union 7-1 Sweden
  • Finland 2-1 Soviet Union
Roster:
Evgeny Belosheikin
Ilya Byakin
Vyacheslav Bykov
Viacheslav Fetisov
Alexei Gusarov
Sergei Yashin
Valeri Kamensky
Alexei Kasatonov
Andrei Khomutov
Vladimir Krutov
Igor Larionov
Aleksandr Kozhevnikov
Igor Kravchuk
Andrei Lomakin
Sergei Makarov
Alexander Mogilny
Sergei Mylnikov
Vitali Samoilov
Anatoly Semenov
Sergei Starikov
Igor Stelnov
Sergei Svetlov
Aleksandr Chernykh

LugeEdit

Men
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Valery Dudin 47.812 28 46.982 13 47.061 13 47.025 9 3:08.880 17
Sergey Danilin 46.564 5 46.827 7 46.648 5 47.059 10 3:07.098 6
Yury Kharchenko 46.391 3 46.605 3 46.475 3 46.803 4 3:06.274  

Men's doubles

Athletes Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Vitaly Melnik
Dmitry Alekseyev
46.060 6 46.399 6 1:32.459 6
Yevgeny Belousov
Aleksandr Belyakov
45.973 3 46.580 8 1:32.553 7
Women
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Irina Kusakina 46.690 11 47.071 12 46.643 8 46.639 9 3:07.043 10
Nadezhda Danilina 46.597 10 46.447 6 46.613 6 46.707 11 3:06.364 8
Yuliya Antipova 46.449 7 46.425 5 46.610 5 46.303 4 3:05.787 5

Nordic combinedEdit

Men's individual

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (best two out of three jumps)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing (start delay, based on ski jumping results)
Athlete Event Ski jumping Cross-country Total
Points Rank Start at Time Points Rank
Sergey Nikiforov Individual 191.8 30 4:04.7 42:43.0 402.905 14
Andrey Dundukov 194.0 26 3:50.0 42:21.1 406.185 12
Vasily Savin 203.7 17 2:45.4 41:22.9 414.925 10
Allar Levandi 216.6 4 1:19.4 40:31.8 422.590  

Men's team

Three participants per team.

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (three jumps per team member per round, best two rounds counted)
  • 10 km cross-country skiing (start delay, based on ski jumping results)
Athletes Ski jumping Cross-country Total
Points Rank Start at Time Rank
Andrey Dundukov
Vasily Savin
Allar Levandi
282.5 11 DNF DNF

Ski jumpingEdit

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Distance Points Points Rank
Eduard Suboch Normal hill 76.0 83.7 78.0 89.9 173.6 38
Mikhail Yesin 80.0 92.1 74.0 79.5 171.6 39

Speed skatingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Nikolay Gulyayev 1:02.86 36
Vitaly Makovetsky 37.35 12
Igor Zhelezovsky 36.94 6
Sergey Fokichev 36.82 4
1000 m Boris Repnin 1:14.41 12
Andrey Bakhvalov 1:14.39 11
Igor Zhelezovsky 1:13.19  
Nikolay Gulyayev 1:13.03 OR  
1500 m Andrey Bobrov 1:58.97 35
Nikolay Gulyayev 1:53.04 7
Aleksandr Klimov 1:52.97 6
Igor Zhelezovsky 1:52.63 4
5000 m Yury Klyuyev 7:00.01 26
Sergey Berezin 6:58.08 23
Dmitry Bochkaryov 6:56.57 17
10,000 m Aleksandr Mozin 14:28.91 18
Sergey Berezin 14:20.48 9
Yury Klyuyev 14:09.68 6
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Yelena Ilyina 41.15 16
Nataliya Shive-Glebova 40.66 9
1000 m Nataliya Shive-Glebova 1:22.99 20
Yelena Ilyina 1:22.40 18
1500 m Yelena Tumanova 2:07.71 15
Yelena Lapuga 2:04.24 5
3000 m Yelena Tumonova 4:24.07 9
Yelena Lapuga 4:23.29 7
Svetlana Boyko 4:22.90 6
5000 m Yelena Tumanova 7:40.82 15
Yelena Lapuga 7:28.65 5
Svetlana Boyko 7:28.39 4

ReferencesEdit