Russian rower who won three Olympic gold medals at three consecutive Olympics, in 1956, 1960, and 1964.
He began rowing competitively when he was 15 years old.
He was the first athlete to win the single scull event three times in the Olympics.
He was raised as an only child in Moscow, Russia.
He won gold at the 1964 Olympics where boxer Joe Frazier also took the gold.