Soviet Armenian artistic gymnast who competed on the still rings at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, winning gold in both.
He worked as an ironsmith at the age of 14 to support his family.
He trained with Armenian gymnasts at the age of 17.
His son, Eduard Azaryan, also became a gymnast and a 1980 Olympian.
He and Olga Korbut were both gymnasts from Soviet Russia.