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Dynamite – Vladimir Turchinskiy

Dynamite - Vladimir Turchinskiy

Dynamite – Vladimir Turchinskiy

Vladimir Turchinskiy was a Russian bodybuilder, television and radio presenter, actor, author, singer and businessman.
The boy was born on September 28, 1963 in the Moscow military family. Since childhood he was fond of sports. 10-year-old Vladimir won the silver medal at the Moscow Wrestling Championship. And at the age of 16 he became Master of Sports.
You know, he studied at the Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation but left it to join the army. Then he entered the State Institute of Physical Culture.
Turchinsky started his career during the years of Perestroika. He worked as a photographer, a bodyguard for actors and singers, for example, Dima Malikov; translated articles from English to Russian; was a P.E. teacher.
By the way, he was a maestro of sumo and judo, and former president of the Russian Federation of power extreme. His nickname was Dynamite or Dinamit.

Vladimir was the Master of Sports in Sambo and Judo, candidate master in Greece-Roman wrestling. Moreover, he was a member of American football team Moscow Bears. In 1991 his team won the first and only USSR football championship. His team Moscow Giants won the Russian Cup and played in the semi-professional soccer league in the U.S.
What is more, Turchinsky took part in the world championships World’s Strongest Man and was named the most powerful Russian athlete in 1998 according to the professional league Interstrong. From 2003 to 2009 he was a president of Russian Professional League of Power Extreme (PLSE).
Since 1999 Vladimir took part in youth sports program Star-Start, at first as a guest, and then as a co-host.
You know, he became a soloist of the rock band Guarana in 2002.
Also Turchinsky was a presenter of many TV programs including Fear Factor (2003, 2004) on the NTV channel, The Strongest Man on the Sport channel, Laugh Without Rules (2007-2008) on TNT and others.
His book on healthy lifestyle – Explosive Philosophy was released in September 2006.
Turchinsky is the only Russian who is in the list of World’s Strongest Men and the only Russian athlete in the encyclopedia of the XX century Sons of Samson.
His records: moved the plane Ruslan (260 tons), lifted the elephant (3.5 tons), lifted the car with 12 passengers, pulled 20-ton double-decker bus for 100 meters.
Furthermore, the athlete tried his hand as an actor. He starred in many films, including Cobra: Counterterrorism, Special Forces, My Country, The Storm Gate, Black Blood 2, Bitch for a Champion, Fire in the Sky.

Personal life
Vladimir was married three times.
His first wife was Irina, 9-time World champion in arm wrestling. Their son Ilya was born in 1986. The boy graduated from the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and now he is engaged in administration of security systems.
Famous athlete Larisa Nikitina was Vladimir’s second wife.
Fitness model, vice body fitness champion, the manager of the club Miss Fitness, Irina became his third wife. Their daughter Ksenia was born in 1999.

A few hours before his death, Vladimir took part in the filming of the program, Good Evening, Moscow! on the TV Center channel and was interviewed by reporters in the TV program In The Rush Hour on the REN TV channel. It was the last interview in his life.
Vladimir Turchinsky died of a heart attack on December 16, 2009.

Dynamite – Vladimir Turchinskiy