The strongest man at the Sochi Olympics?
It might just be Alexey Voyevoda.
The Moscow Times published a feature on the Russian bobsledder Thursday.
Voyevoda is no stranger to the Olympics with a silver from 2006 and a bronze from 2010. It looks like he’s about to compete in his third Olympics as part of driver Aleksander Zubkov‘s crew that could win gold.
As it turns out, Voyevoda is a three-time World Champion in arm wrestling.
“Arm wrestling is a very serious thing,” Voyevoda told the Moscow Times. “Many more countries practice arm wrestling than bobsleigh. I plan to return to arm wrestling after the Sochi Games. I have many options.”
The Sochi native is also a raw vegetarian.
“I grew up in the mountains, and I would always climb trees with the other children,” Voyevoda said. “I was the fastest of the little tree-climbing monkeys. That is how I became strong.”
U.S. bobsledder competed for Liberia, Switzerland, in CFL
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The 2018 Winter Olympics shivered Sunday to a close, surely defined by cold and wind but destined — just as in Seoul 30 years before — to mark a key chapter in history on the Korean peninsula.
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These Games are likely to be recalled as an inflection point in Olympic history, too. After logistical dramas and more at Rio 2016 and Sochi 2014, the Olympic scene needed a Games at which the venues were built, the buses ran on time, security was subtle, the volunteers were super-friendly — organizationally, everything more or less just worked — and the spotlight shone on the athletes and their stories of inspiration.
That’s what PyeongChang delivered.
A low-key Games on a far more human scale.
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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy: