Soslan Andiyev


Soslan Petrovich Andiyev (Russian: Сослан Петрович Андиев, 21 April 1952 – 22 November 2018) was a heavyweight freestyle wrestler from Ossetia.[3]

Soslan Andiyev
Soslan Andiyev 1978.jpg
Andiyev at the 1978 World Championships
Personal information
Born21 April 1952 (1952-04-21)
Vladikavkaz, Soviet Union[1]
Died22 November 2018(2018-11-22) (aged 66)
Height194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight125 kg (276 lb)
SportFreestyle wrestling
ClubDynamo Vladikavkaz[1]
Coached byAslan Dzgoyew
Genady Andiyev (brother)[2]

He was an Olympic champion in 1976 and 1980, world champion in 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1978, European champion in 1974, 1975 and 1982, and Soviet champion in 1973–78 and 1980. He won the World Cup in 1976 and 1981, but missed the 1984 Olympics due to their boycott by the Soviet Union and retired the same year.[2]

After that he first worked as a national wrestling coach, but in 1989 returned to his native Ossetia to become a sports functionary.[1][4] In 1990–98, he served as vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee.[1]

In 2006 he was inducted into the FILA Wrestling Hall of Fame.[4]