At a glance

19 Sep 1967 Novosibirsk, Russian Federation (1989-)
193 cm / 99 kg 6'4'' / 217 pounds
Male

Known by a variety of nicknames – "Russian Bear," "Alexander the Great," and "The Experiment" – Aleksandr Karelin is universally considered the greatest Greco-Roman wrestler of all time. He is one of only four men to have won three Olympic gold medals in wrestling (the others being Ivar Johansson, SWE, Aleksandr Medved, URS, and Carl Westergren, SWE). A frighteningly strong man, he won his first gold medal in 1988 in the super-heavyweight Greco-Roman class, competing for the Soviet Union. He defended that title in 1992, competing for the Unified Team, and in 1996, wrestled for Russia. Karelin was also favored...

Aleksandr in numbers

4
Olympics
Olympics
4
medals
Gold medal:3 Silver medal:1 Bronze medal:
  • Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    • 2 Silver medal
      Wrestling
      Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms)
  • Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    • 1 Gold medal
      Wrestling
      Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms)
  • Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    • 1 Gold medal
      Wrestling
      Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms)
  • Seoul
    Seoul 1988
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Seoul
    Seoul 1988
    • 1 Gold medal
      Wrestling
      Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms)