Chesnokov, Iurii Borisovich
Born Jan. 22, 1933, in Moscow. Soviet athlete. Honored Master of Sport (1960); Honored Coach of the USSR (1976). Member of the CPSU since 1968.
Chesnokov is the son of the oldest figure in the Russian and Soviet physical-fitness and sports movement, B. M. Chesnokov (1891–1979). He graduated from the V. V. Kuibyshev Military Engineering Academy in 1958 and eventually became a colonel. From 1954 to 1964 he was one of the leading players on the USSR volleyball team, and from 1969 to 1977 he served as the team’s senior coach. He was USSR champion nine times between 1954 and 1966 as a member of the Central Sports Club of the Army. He was world champion in 1960 and 1962 and Olympic champion in 1964.
Chesnokov has been awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor and several medals.