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Nikolaj
Skvortsov
Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 March 1984
Height
180 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Polina, daughter Daria, son Roman
Residence
Obninsk, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Management - Moscow Institute of Economics and Informatics: Russia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Obninsk, Russian Federation.
Club / Team
Olymp Sports School of Olympic Reserve: Obninsk, RUS
Name of coach
Irina Devyatova [personal], RUS

International Debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin, GER

General Interest

Hobbies
Reading books, watching movies, walking, skiing, cycling, history, astronomy. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the short course world record for the 200m butterfly at the 2008 European Short Course Championships in Rijeka, Croatia. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Alexey Bachin. (Athlete, 29 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol
US discus thrower Al Oerter. (Athlete, 29 Jan 2016)
Injuries
He missed the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, after suffering a shoulder injury at the Russian trials. (ria.ru, 06 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I swim not to get to the podium, but for pleasure." (ngregion.ru, 24 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 28 Dec 2017)

In 2007 he received the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [second grade] in the Russian Federation. (infosport.ru, 2015)

He was named 2005 Athlete of the Year in Kaluga, Russian Federation. (obninsk.name, 25 Dec 2008)
Other information
RESCUE
In July 2017 he saved three young people from being dragged under a cruise boat on the Volga river in Astrakhan, Russian Federation. "This incident has changed my life and vision of myself. I realised that you can achieve self-respect by helping people, and I've rethought my role in the world. I was just a swimmer before, and [became] a saver now. I am even kind of proud of myself." (ngregion.ru, 24 Oct 2017)

FURTHER STUDIES
He has studied for a master's degree in sports pedagogy at Kaluga State University in the Russian Federation. (ngregion.ru, 24 Oct 2017)

POLITICIAN
From 2010 to 2015 he served as a deputy of the city assembly in Obninsk, Russian Federation, in the committees of social policy and public utilities. (Athlete, 29 Jan 2016)