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Artem Dolgopyat
Full name Artem Olegovich Dolgopyat
Country represented  Israel
Born 16 June 1997 (1997-06-16) (age 24)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Residence Rishon LeZion, Israel
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Club Maccabi Tel Aviv
Head coach(es) Sergey Vaisburg

Artem Olegovich Dolgopyat (Hebrew: ארטיום אולגוביץ' דולגופיאט; Ukrainian: Артем Олегович Долгопят; born 16 June 1997) is a Ukrainian-born Israeli artistic gymnast. Dolgopyat is the 2020 Olympic champion on floor exercise from the artistic gymnastics competition at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

He won the gold medal at the 2020 European Championships in the floor exercise and silver medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships of that exercise.

Early life

Dolgopyat was born in Dnipropetrovsk (now Dnipro), Ukraine. His father Oleg Dolgopyat is a former gymnast and is Jewish, whereas his mother Angela Bilan is not.

In 2009, Dolgopyat immigrated with his family to Israel, when he was 12 years old. His parents divorced in 2012. He joined the gymnastics team of Maccabi Tel Aviv. He attended the Shevah Mofet school in Tel Aviv, Israel however he later dropped out of high school due to language difficulties and the burden of training.

He was enlisted as a soldier to Israel Defense Forces, serving at Tel HaShomer base.

Sports career

By the age of 12, prior to Israel, Dolgopyat was already a two-time national champion in Ukraine, for his age group.

At the age of 17, Dolgopyat competed in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and finished 5th in vault, 7th in floor exercise, and 10th in individual All-around.

On September 19, 2015, Dolgopyat competed in 'Grand Prix Osijek' in Croatia and won the gold medal in floor exercise, as he scored a 14.800. Later that year, Dolgopyat won the floor exercise in the Israeli Championship for the first time, defeating Alexander Shatilov. At the end of 2016, he took three months off from the sport, due to back pain.

On April 22, 2017, Dolgopyat competed for his first time in the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and finished 4th in the floor exercise with a score of 14.33, one place behind bronze medalist Shatilov. He received a prize of 4,500 NIS (about $1,250).

On May 20, Dolgopyat won the silver medal in 2017 Grand Prix Osijek after scoring 14.700. In July 2017, Dolgopyat participated in the 2017 Maccabiah Games, where he won two gold medals in the floor exercise and pommel horse, and a bronze medal in the vault.

On October 7, 2017, at the age of 20, at the 2017 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held in Montreal, Dolgopyat won the silver medal in the floor exercise after scoring 14.533. He garnered the best Israeli result ever at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, as he became the second Israeli gymnast to win a medal in the Championships (after his mentor and trainer Alex Shatilov, who won bronze medals in 2009 and 2011), and the first to win a silver medal. He scored 14.533 points (following a 14.666 in the qualifiers), finishing 1.1 points behind Japan’s Olympican medalist Kenzo Shirai. He received a prize from the Olympic Committee of Israel of 84,000 NIS ($24,000)

On October 12, 2019, Dolgopyat won the silver medal again on floor exercise at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany with a score of 15.200 behind Carlos Yulo of the Philippines, who scored a 15.300. Dolgopyat and Yulo were both awarded the same execution score of 8.800, but the latter had a higher difficulty score of 6.5 versus the former's 6.4, which had resulted in Yulo securing this win.

Dolgopyat has been coached by Sergey Vaisburg, Andrii Grybanov, and Oleg Yarovinski. Dolgopyat is noted for being able to do a triple back on the floor exercise.

2020 Summer Olympics – Olympic gold medal

He currently trains with Israeli coach Sergey Vaisburg(w:he:סרגיי וייסבורג).

He competed for Israel at the 2020 Summer Olympics, where he won Israel's 2nd-ever Olympic gold medal while scoring 14.933 on the floor exercise.

Personal life

Following his Olympic gold medal win, Dolgopyat's mother, Angela Bilan stated that his non-Jewish Belarusian partner Maria "Masha" Sakovich has been Dolgopyat's girlfriend for three years. However, they cannot marry in Israel as there is no civil marriage in Israel (besides the Israeli Common-law marriage status) and all marriage in Israel is restricted to religious marriages performed by recognized confessional communities. Since only his father is Jewish, Dolgopyat is not considered Jewish according to Jewish religious law, which holds that Jewish identity depends on maternal lineage, or conversion. His mother explained that Dolgopyat would need to travel abroad to have a civil marriage, which would be recognized by the state, but added that this was made difficult by his busy sports schedule. Dolgopyat commented after his arrival to Israel: "I don't want to get into my personal stuff. I respect the State [of Israel] and the laws here. Plus, it's not such a problem for me to fly abroad to get married there and then return to the country to do some event, it's a little less fun and a bummer, but that's what I can do".

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