Alexey Voyevoda – armwrestler and bodsledder
Alexey Voyevoda is a Russian bobsledder and a professional arm wrestler, Honored Master of Sports in armwrestling (2004) and Bobsleigh (2006). He is also a candidate for master of sports in judo. Alexey is a vegetarian.
Voyevoda won silver in the four-man bobsleigh event with Filipp Egorov, Alexei Seliverstov, and Alexandre Zoubkov at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He also won a bronze in the two-man event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Voyevoda won a bronze in the two-man event and became World Champion in 2011 in the two-man event.
He was born on May 9, 1980 in Sochi. At the age of 6 Alexey was engaged in karate. In his childhood Voyevoda spent summer holidays in the Ukraine in the village Kalinovitsa at grandpa’s house. There he helped on the farm.
Voyevoda graduated from the Sochi State University of Tourism and Recreation. His dream was to enter the Higher Police School in Rostov- on-Don (it was one of the most prestigious universities), but … he didn’t pass Physical Education exam.
He worked for a security firm and as a cash collector.
Before moving to bobsleigh in 2002, Alexey had become a three-time world champion and three-time winner of the World Cup (Nemiroff) among professionals in arm wrestling. His triumph over legendary arm-wrestler John Brzenk, was immortalized in the feature length documentary, “Pulling John”, directed by Sevan Matossian.
Voyevoda was awarded the Medal of the Order “For Services to the Motherland” II degree (5 March 2010) – for outstanding contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high athletic achievements at the XXI Olympic Games 2010 in Vancouver.
In November 2010, Voyevoda was awarded the title of “Honorary Citizen of the city of Sochi”.
He is ready to compete at the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi. To compete at the Olympic Games in a native country, native town is really a dream for any athlete.