Vladimir Melanin

Vladimir Mikhailovich Melanin (Russian: Владимир Михайлович Меланьин; 1 December 1933 – 10 August 1994) was a Soviet biathlete.

Vladimir Melanin
Vladimir Melanin on a 2013 Russian stamp from the series "Sports Legends".
Personal information
Full nameVladimir Mikhailovich Melanin
Born(1933-12-01)1 December 1933
Balyki, Kirov, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Died10 August 1994(1994-08-10) (aged 60)
Kirov, Russia, Russia
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Professional information
ClubVS Kirov
Olympic Games
Teams2 (1960, 1964)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams5 (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966)
Medals7 (6 gold)

Life and careerEdit

He won an Olympic gold medal for the USSR in the 20 km individual in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck ahead of his fellow Soviet Aleksandr Privalov and the Norwegian Olav Jordet. Melanin also won three individual world titles in the 20 km, in 1959, 1962 and 1963.

Melanin started as a cross-country skier, but changed to biathlon while. His strong skiing base helped him win all his titles, as his shooting skills were mediocre. Because of poor shooting, he finished outside of the podium at his first Olympics in 1960. He improved a lot by the next Games, where he showed not only best skiing time, but also clean shooting. He finished more than 3 minutes ahead of his rivals, which remains the largest victory margin in any Olympic biathlon event. Domestically Melanin won only two titles, in the 20 km in 1959 and 1966. After retiring from competitions Melanin worked as a biathlon coach and managed a cross-country skiing and biathlon complex in Kirov Oblast. He received posthumously the International Biathlon Union Honorary Award.

Biathlon resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[1]

Olympic GamesEdit

1 medal (1 gold)

Event Individual
  1960 Squaw Valley 4th
  1964 Innsbruck Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

7 medals (6 gold, 1 silver)

Event Individual Team (time) Relay
  1959 Courmayeur Gold Gold N/A
  1962 Hämeenlinna Gold Gold N/A
  1963 Seefeld Gold Gold N/A
  1965 Elverum 7th Silver N/A
  1966 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 21st N/A 4th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**The team (time) event was removed in 1965, whilst the relay was added in 1966.


  1. ^ "Search results". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 26 June 2015.

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