Russian fighter classical style
Biography of Alexander
Alexander Karelin, was born on 19
September, 1967 near Novosibirsk. He started
wrestling when he was thirteen years old. At the age
of 15 he entered junior competitions but broke his
leg. After this serious injury he made his decision in
favor of the classic struggle.
I believe that such a decision may be made only by a
real man who is dedicated to sports. Alexander‘s
courage was an example to us all .
As for me, I faced up to the same problem when I
became seriously ill, and the doctors said that I
would not be able to play sports anymore. However,
I didn’t lose heart ,waited for the end of my
treatment patiently and now I am doing judo
because I’m fascinated by martial arts.
At the age of 13 age began to play sports.
1981 -enrolled a section of the classical struggle.
1985 -came the first success - Karelin became a world champion
among the youngsters.
1986 -won the championship of the RSFSR, Sports of the USSR, the
USSR Junior Championship.
1987-took the1st place in the championship of the RSFSR, the 1st
place at the World Cup, 1st place at the European Championship,
2nd place at the championship of the USSR.
1988- became the first champion of the USSR.
2000 -at the Sydney Olympics in the first fight Karelin confronted
one of the strongest contenders - Sergey Mureyko (Bulgaria).
Karelin won that battle 3-0. Later he received a silver award on 27
September, 2000 year.
After the Sydney Olympics Alexander Karelin completed his sports
The merits of Alexander
Three-time Olympic champion in the category of up to 130 kg.
Nine-time world champion.
Twelve- time European champion.
Silver medalist at the Olympic Games in 2000.
World junior champion in 1988.
14-time champion of the USSR, the CIS and Russia.
Was the standard-bearer of the national team at the opening of
three Olympic Games (1988 - USSR, 1992 - CIS, 1996 – Russia)
He was named twice the best athlete of Russia.
International Amateur Wrestling Federation (FILA) named him the
greatest sportsman of Greco-Roman style in the XX century.
Knight of the Order of the Olympic "Golden Palm"
Alexander Karelin devoted all his victories to his
wife Olga. They have three children: two sons,
Dennis and Ivan, and a daughter, Vasilisa. Ivan is
also engaged in Greco-Roman wrestling, Vasilisa is
fond of rhythmic gymnastics.
Alexander Karelin’s parents lived in Sedovoj Zaimka.
Work and social activities
Alexander Karelin graduated from the Novosibirsk auto transport
College, then Omsk Institute of Physical Culture. Since 1995,
Alexander Karelin is a tax police officer.
Rank: Colonel tax police.
He was a member of the Duma Committee on Health and Sports, a
member of the Commission on geopolitics. Since December 2007 Member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
Since 2001, Alexander Karelin - Member of the Supreme Council of
the party "United Russia".
Hero of the Russian Federation, awarded the Order of Friendship of
Peoples, Honor, "For Services to the Fatherland» IV Degree,
Diploma of the President of the Russian Federation.
Candidate, Doctor of Education. Theses are devoted to sports
Honorary citizen of the city of Novosibirsk.