NOVOURALSK BIRTH OF BIATHLON

One shot, and the second drove away mushroom pickers

first-biathlonists


In the mid-sixties last century in Novouralsk there was one of the kinds of sports most popular today – biathlon.

Modern kind of sports, during that time only just started to develop in the world, ski racers among whom were Kim Stepanovich Tomahin and Boris Vladimirovich Polushkin – in the future known trainers to all Soviet Union on biathlon have brought from the next gathering in Kirovo-Chepetsk.

Modern kind of sports, during that time only just started to develop in the world, ski racers among whom were Kim Stepanovich Tomahin and Boris Vladimirovich Polushkin – in the future known trainers to all Soviet Union on biathlon have brought from the next gathering in Kirovo-Chepetsk.

Boris Polushkin

Boris Polushkin: the autograph to the pupil.

Kim Stepanovich Tomahin in some years has managed to create a command which became one of most “star” in a galaxy of Novouralsk biathlonists:

S.N.Chernobrovkin, S.A.Sotnikov, A.V.Pjankov, L.K.Pensky, V.P.Korshunov.

In 1969 the national team on biathlon has acted on superiority of Main board of physical culture and sports and has occupied 5 place.

Then, of course, detsko-youthful biathlon at all was not. Many veterans-biathlonists recollect, that have started to go in for sports – track and field athletics, cross-countries, swimming (all gradually) – only having come from army. If to consider, that some served for 3-4 years it is possible to say that champions of the country became in those days, having started to be engaged in 25 years!

Stanislav Chernobrovkin

Stanislav Chernobrovkin

Yes, in those days much was differently, than today. Since equipment of the skier. Stanislav Nikolaevich Chernobrovkin, for example, tells, that, having come after army, was engaged in skis in a grandmother’s jacket! When Kim Stepanovich called him in biathlon, he and spoke: «Glory, we will go to me – I in a wool and synthetics will dress you».

Leonid penskih

Leonid Penskih in a firing line

Not is better business and with the weapon was. In the blossoming of biathlon the rifle of the sportsman weighed more than 7 kg, as a matter of fact it was the present fighting weapon with calibre 7,62 mm. Shot from distance of 250 metres. The situation and that those years in a city there was no shooting range for biathlon became complicated. «And trained, – tells S.N.Chernobrovkin, – we run wood on «the Trailing stone», I shoot, and it of mushroom pickers drives away (B.V.polushkin)».

Sergej sotnikov

Sergey Sotnikov on a distance

Since 1975 Boris Vladimirovich Polushkin becomes the trainer of a city national team. The period of building of a line is connected With its arrival to biathlon for biathlon in “cape Verde”. The shooting range in “Green cape” has been constructed only in 1982. Boris Vladimirovich has chosen in advance a place for it, has agreed with the bulldozer driver, and at night выкорчевали trees, razryli-have levelled a platform. Here too has not done without funny things because next day the trainer-enthusiast have arrested and nearly have not planted in prison for the autocratic order wood grounds. The blessing, on a gain V.F.Kornilov, the general director of the Ural electrochemical integrated plant (UEIP) have come G.D.Zavada, then the chairman of Incorporated factory committee № 370, and. The trainer have released, and building round a shooting range has begun to boil: some time later there was «a house standing» for disguise of sportsmen, dump road to a shooting range, have asphalted ski line.

Practically all line for biathlon in “cape Verde” on which one generation of biathlonists of the modular country trained not, has been constructed by forces of Novouralsk sportsmen. Boris Vladimirovich recollects, that the huge help in biathlon development in Novouralsk then rendered G.D.Zavada and V.F.Kornilov. Discussed problems and found ways of their decision as a rule evenings, houses at Vitaly Fedorovicha. Pioneers of biathlon in Novouralsk dreamt that “cape Verde” becomes the centre of the international biathlon. Unfortunately, their dreams were not carried out in many respects because of the reorganisation difficulties which have appeared suddenly in 90th years, in many respects – that Vitaly Fedorovich too has early died…

The author thanks for the help in preparation of materials of S.N.Chernobrovkina and B.V.polushkina.

Photo from archive S.N. Chernobrovkina and S.A.Sotnikova.

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