Kazakhstani cross-country skier who won a gold medal in the 1994 Olympics and a bronze in 1998.
He made his professional debut at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in December, 1982 and finished in 17th place.
He won a total of seven Olympic medals from 1988 to 1994.
He has two daughers, Anna and Karolina, with his wife Valentina.
He competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics where skier Matti Nykanen won three gold medals.