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Alexander Legkov
Aleksandr Legkov by Ivan Isaev from Russian Ski Magazine.JPG
Aleksandr Legkov at the World Championships 2007 in Sapporo.
Country  Russia
Full name Alexander Gennadiyevich Legkov
Born May 7, 1983 (1983-05-07) (age 38)
Krasnoarmeysk, Soviet Union
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Ski club Dinamo
World Cup career
Seasons 2003–2017
Individual wins 9
Team wins 3
Indiv. podiums 35
Team podiums 12
Indiv. starts 212
Team starts 30
Overall titles 0 – (2nd in 2007, 2013, 2014)
Discipline titles 1 – (1 DI: 2013)
Updated on 2 April 2019.

Alexander Gennadiyevich Legkov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Геннáдьевич Легков; born 7 May 1983) is a retired Russian cross-country skier who competed internationally between 2002 and 2017. He has five individual World Cup victories including one Tour de Ski title, as well as gold and silver medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Biography

Legkov participated in three Winter Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014). Legkov finished in fourth place after a strong final push to catch then-leader Johan Olsson of Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics' 30 km double pursuit. Olsson finished in third place with Legkov 1.2 seconds behind. Legkov's next best result was eight in the 4 × 10 km relay at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

In 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Legkov wins the gold medal in the 50 km freestyle, and the silver medal in the 4 × 10 km relay.

Legkov was second behind Germany's Tobias Angerer in the 2006–07 World Cup.

He earned a silver in the 4 × 10 km relay and finished twice in sixth place (15 km, 15 km + 15 km double pursuit) at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship in Sapporo in 2007.

Alexander Legkov was Total winner of Tour de Ski 2012–13 when he defeated Dario Cologna, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Petter Northug racing up Alpe Cermis on 6 January 2013.

On 6 April 2018, Legkov announced his retirement from sport during his participation at the competition "Sports Elite" in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Doping case

In December 2016, the International Ski Federation provisionally suspended six Russian cross-country skiers linked to doping violations during the 2014 Winter Olympics, including Legkov. In November 2017, Legkov was disqualified for doping offences by the International Olympic Committee, and his 2014 Olympic results were annulled. In February 2018, the international Court of Arbitration for Sport reinstated Legkov's results in Sochi 2014, including two medals, and annulled disqualification imposed by IOC. CAS concluded that there were no sufficient evidence that Legkov had broken anti-doping rules.

On 19 January 2019 the IOC's appeal of Legkov's case was rejected by the Swiss Federal Tribunal, which according to the Legkov's lawyer means that he had been "finally cleared of the accusation of doping at 2014".

Olympic results

  • 2 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver)
 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2006 22 37 20
2010 26 15 4 14 8
2014 30 10 Gold Silver

World Championship results

  • 2 medals – (1 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2005 21 48 50
2007 23 5 6 Silver
2009 25 4 18 DSQ
2011 27 20 19 7
2013 29 25 6 4 Bronze
2015 31 14 4

World Cup results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).

World Cup standings

 Season   Age  Season standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
2003 20 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2004 21 83 57 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A
2005 22 75 48 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 23 95 64 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2007 24 2 6 NC N/A 2 N/A N/A
2008 25 26 18 64 N/A 20 33 N/A
2009 26 11 8 52 N/A 33 3 N/A
2010 27 30 14 99 N/A DNF N/A
2011 28 5 5 43 1 DNF 13 N/A
2012 29 5 3 44 7 5 16 N/A
2013 30 2 1 72 7 1 4 N/A
2014 31 2 2 51 3 5 3 N/A
2015 32 46 29 NC 34 N/A N/A
2016 33 15 10 NC 8 12 N/A DNF
2017 34 49 39 N/A

Individual podiums

  • 9 victories – (6 WC, 3 SWC)
  • 35 podiums – (22 WC, 13 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  2006–07  16 December 2006 France La Clusaz, France 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 2nd
2 2 January 2007 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 10 km + 10 km Pursuit C/F Stage World Cup 2nd
3 7 January 2007 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 11 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 2nd
4 31 December 2006
– 7 January 2007
GermanyItaly Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup 2nd
5 20 January 2007 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
6  2008–09  6 December 2008 France La Clusaz, France 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 3rd
7 8 March 2009 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
8 18–22 March 2009 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
9  2009–10  29 November 2009 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
10 20 December 2009 Slovenia Rogla, Slovenia 30 km Mass Start C World Cup 2nd
11  2010–11  29 November 2009 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Individual C Stage World Cup 2nd
12 26–28 November 2010 Finland Nordic Opening Overall Standings World Cup 1st
13 11 December 2010 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
14 18 December 2010 France La Clusaz, France 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 3rd
15 1 January 2011 Germany Oberhof, Germany 15 km Pursuit C Stage World Cup 3rd
16 2011–12 3 January 2012 Italy Toblach, Italy 5 km Individual C Stage World Cup 1st
17 4 January 2012 Italy Cortina-Toblach, Italy 35 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
18 8 January 2012 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st
19 18 February 2012 Poland Szklarska Poręba, Poland 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
20 2012–13 1 December 2012 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
21 29 December 2012 Germany Oberhof, Germany 4 km Individual F Stage World Cup 3rd
22 30 December 2012 Germany Oberhof, Germany 15 km Pursuit C Stage World Cup 2nd
23 3 January 2013 Italy Cortina-Toblach, Italy 35 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 2nd
24 29 December 2012
– 6 January 2013
GermanySwitzerlandItaly Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup 1st
25 2 February 2013 Russia Sochi, Russia 15 km + 15 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 3rd
26 17 February 2013 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
27 16 March 2013 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
28 24 March 2013 Sweden Falun, Sweden 15 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
29  2013–14  1 December 2013 Finland Nordic Opening Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
30 1 February 2014 Italy Toblach, Italy 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
31 2 March 2014 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
32 8 March 2014 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Mass Start C World Cup 3rd
33 15 March 2014 Sweden Falun, Sweden 15 km + 15 km Skiathlon C/F Stage World Cup 3rd
34 14–16 March 2014 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
35  2016–17  17 December 2016 France La Clusaz, France 15 km Mass Start F World Cup 3rd

Team podiums

  • 3 victories
  • 12 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammates
1  2006–07  19 November 2006 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Rochev / Pankratov / Dementyev
2 17 December 2006 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Rochev / Pankratov / Dementyev
3 25 March 2007 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Pankratov / Rochev / Vylegzhanin
4  2007–08  25 November 2007 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Rochev / Pankratov / Dementyev
5  2009–10  22 November 2009 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Vylegzhanin / Pankratov / Chernousov
6  2010–11  21 November 2010 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Belov / Vylegzhanin / Sedov
7 19 December 2010 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Belov / Sedov / Vylegzhanin
8 6 February 2011 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Belov / Vylegzhanin / Sedov
9  2012–13  25 November 2012 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 7.5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Belov / Vylegzhanin / Chernousov
10 2013–14 8 December 2013 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 7.5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Yaparov / Bessmertnykh / Vylegzhanin
11  2015–16  24 January 2016 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 7.5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Belov / Chervotkin / Ustiugov
12  2016–17  18 December 2016 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 7.5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Belov / Chervotkin / Ustiugov

Personal life

Legkov is a member of PutinTeam, a political organization founded in support of Vladimir Putin.

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