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Viktor
Minibaev
Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS
Male
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 July 1991
Height
174 cm
Weight
64 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Elena Ternovskaya, son Maksim [2015]
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Management - Russian State Social University: Elektrostal, RUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven in Elektrostal, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
There was a swimming pool in the kindergarten he attended, and the coach told his mother he would make a good diver. His mother did not pay attention to it at the time but later on he joined his cousin who had already started diving.
Club / Team
MVD Youth Sports School of Olympic Reserve: Russia
Name of coach
Svetlana Moiseyeva, RUS, from 1998

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Russia

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing football, meeting with friends, listening to rap music, billiards. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2016)
Injuries
In 2008 he broke two vertebrae in his spinal cord. Another athlete landed on his back while he was swimming out of the pool after making a dive. He spent three months in hospital, and then needed a further three months to recover fully. (Russian NOC's YouTube channel, 29 Oct 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He does not like to dive with dry hands. He squats before a jump in order to wet his hands on his swimming trunks that are usually still wet from his warm up. (russiandiving.net, 05 Oct 2010)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 26 Dec 2016)
Famous relatives
His wife Elena Ternovskaya was a three-time world junior champion in synchronised swimming. (mk.ru, 17 Jul 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2017)