Soviet ice hockey goaltender who was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning teams, in 1972, 1976, and 1984.
He played in his first hockey game when he was 11 years old.
He had a remarkable career at World Championship events, being a part of 10 gold medal winning teams.
His parents were both teachers, his mother taught physical education and his father taught literature.
He won gold at the 1976 Olympics where skater Dorothy Hamill also took the gold.