Russian speed skater and four-time Olympic precious metal medalist, he earned two golds in 1956 and two in 1960. He earned bronze medals on the 1954 and 1956 Globe Championships. He established seven world information during the period of his profession. He wedded Lydia Grishin in 1959. He earned two yellow metal medals on the 1960 Wintertime Olympics where skier Sixten Jernberg also earned gold.