Vladimir Nazlymov

Vladimir Nazlymov (born November 1, 1945) (Russian: Владимир Аливерович Назлымов) (Daghestan, USSR) - Sabre fencer and coach for USSR and later United States. Born in Makhachkala, Daghestan. A 1970 graduate of The Daghestan State Pedagogical Institute, Nazlymov earned a bachelor's and master's degree in physical education. He earned the title of Master of the Sport (Fencing) in 1968.

Vladimir Nazlymov
Personal information
Born (1945-11-01) 1 November 1945 (age 75)
Makhachkala, Daghestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Early yearsEdit

Nazlymov began fencing at a young age in Makhachkala, Daghestan. His first coach was Gaik Kazaryan (Russian: Гайк Александрович Казарян). While fulfilling a two-year army obligation, which was mandatory for all 18-year-olds in the Soviet Union, Nazlymov was put in a special regimen where he was able to fence with the Central Sports Army Club team in Moscow. He achieved a rank of Colonel with the Red Army.

Competitive years / Olympic fame / Civilian AwardsEdit

Competing for the Soviet Union, Nazlymov was a three-time Olympic Team Gold medalist (1968, 1976, 1980), Team Silver medalist (1972) and individual silver and bronze medalist (1976, 1972).[1][2] In addition to his six Olympic medals, Nazlymov also is a 10-time World Champion. Eight of the championships were team titles, while two were individual crowns (1975, 1979). Additionally, he was a world championship silver medalist (1977) and bronze medalist (1970, 1973). From 1971-1977, Nazlymov reigned as the USSR national champion (team and individual). In recognition of his success, Nazlymov twice was named the world's best sabre fencer by the (F.I.E.) International Fencing Federation (1975, 1977).

For his achievements and dedication to the sport of fencing, Nazlymov also was awarded two civilian medals of the Soviet Union (Medal "For Labour Valour", Medal "For Distinguished Labour")

Coaching careerEdit

Nazlymov's coaching career began in Moscow as the head coach of the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team from 1976-90. The Central Sports Army Club (ЦСКА) in Moscow was a state of the art training facility for the Soviet Olympic Machine. The club churned out teams that dominated Olympic hockey, gymnastics, fencing, Greco-Roman wrestling, and many more. From 1970-80, Nazlymov served as the captain of the USSR Olympic Team. His students won two Olympic gold medals and 12 world championships, as well as eight European Championship crowns. From 1986-88, Nazlymov served as the USSR National Team's head coach. The USSR went on to win a gold medal at the 1986 World Championships and silver medals at the 1987 Worlds and 1988 Olympics.

Move to USAEdit

After moving to the United States with his family in 1991, Nazlymov captained the USA team at the World Championships from 1995–97 and at the 1995 and 1997 World University Games. Nazlymov also served as the sabre coach for the U.S. National Team from 1994-99. Nazlymov guided US teams to ninth-place finish at the 1996 Olympics, third place at the 1997 Junior World Championships, and 12th place at the Senior World Championships. He was named a coach for the 1999 US Pan American Games and 1999 Senior World Championships teams. His US Junior Team finished in second place in the overall medal count at the Junior Worlds in 2001. In 1999, he was named Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Association.


In the end of 1999, Nazlymov came to The Ohio State University after spending eight years as the head coach for the Kansas City, Mo., School District, where he developed a fencing program, as well as establishing a private club in the Kansas City area (KCFC). Nazlymov's new goal was to guide his new team to win an NCAA crown and produce a new generation of US Olympic fencers. In the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons, Nazlymov guided Ohio State Buckeyes to the NCAA Collegiate Fencing National Championship, as well as produced several individual NCAA champions (Adam Crompton, Boaz Ellis, Andras Horanyi) and numerous All-Americans. In 2004, two of Nazlymov's students, Jason Rogers and Louise Bond-Williams qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Most recent OSU Fencing team member and Nazlymov's student Siobhan Byrne participated in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In his eight years at Ohio State, Nazlymov holds a men's and women's combined record of 270-73 (.787). He retired from coaching in Spring 2018.

Officiating credentialsEdit

Nazlymov is an internationally ranked referee (Category A)[citation needed] and officiated at the 1988 Olympic games as well as several World Championships from 1981 to 1990.


Nazlymov's son, Vitali began fencing the age of 9 under the instruction of Anzor Gagulashvili in Central Sports Army Club. Vitali was bronze medalist in the USSR youth and junior nationals as well as a champion of the Military Games. He was also a candidate for the 1992 USSR Olympic Team. After moving to United States, Vitali was offered a full scholarship to Penn State University. At Penn State, he won 1991 Individual NCAA championship and led the team to two national championship titles. Vitali pursued a career in banking, currently in a role of VP with Morgan Stanley.[citation needed]

Fencing Alliance of OhioEdit

In his quest to raise the bar on the level of fencing in United States and to develop an Olympic Caliber Nationwide Training program, Nazlymov started a new club in Columbus, OH, called the Fencing Alliance of Ohio.[citation needed]


Foil, Saber, and Épée Fencing: Skills, Safety, Operations, and Responsibilities by Maxwell R. Garret (Author), Guglielmo Pezza (Author), Emmanuil G. Kaidanov (Author) foreword by Vladimir Nazlymov.Book Link from Amazon

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Vladimir Nazlymov". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  2. ^ "Vladimir Nazlymov Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2011-01-02.

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