|Birthdate:||November 12, 1982|
|Birthplace:||Mikhailovka, Soviet Union|
|Hometown:||Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia|
|Residence:||Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia|
|Ht: / Wt:||5'7" / 144 lbs|
|Teammates:||Ivan Tcherezov, Evgeny Ustyugov, Anton Shipulin|
Outspoken and popular, in Russia in general and his home republic Bashkortostan in particular ... Calls biathletes "simple people, just doing their jobs" ... Likens superstar biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen with former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher ... Once threatened to "kick the butt" of an antagonistic rival coach.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.