Bobsledder who won gold medals in both the two and four-man sled at the 2014 Olympics in his home country.
He was successful competing in the luge before transitioning to the bobsled.
He as won numerous World Cup Championship gold medals.
He has a daughter, Elisaveta, who competes in skeleton racing.
Vladimir Putin has awarded him The Order For Merit to the Fatherland Award, 4th class.