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Viktor
Minibaev
Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 July 1991
Height
174 cm
Family
Son Maksim [2015]
Residence
Elektrostal, 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
Moscow Region Centre of Olympic Sports: Russia
Name of coach
Svetlana Moiseyeva [personal, national], RUS, from 1998

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Russia

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing football, meeting with friends, listening to rap music, billiards. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and claiming silver in the men's synchronised 10m platform at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2020)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and his coach. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2020)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2020)
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)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2020; russiadive.ru, 21 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 14 Sep 2020)