Chukarin, Viktor Ivanovich
(Victor Tchoukarine). Born Nov. 9, 1921, in the village of Krasnoarmeiskoe, Donetsk Oblast. Soviet gymnast. Honored Master of Sport (1951); Honored Coach of the Ukrainian SSR (1972). Docent (1963); head of the subdepartment of gymnastics of the L’vov Institute of Physical Culture (since 1971). Member of the CPSU since 1951.
Chukarin was overall men’s champion of the Olympics in 1952 and 1956, of the world in 1954, and of the USSR from 1949 to 1951 and in 1953 and 1955. He was Olympic champion in various events five times in 1952 and 1956, world champion in 1954, and champion of the USSR 13 times from 1948 to 1956.
Chukarin has been awarded the Order of Lenin and several medals.