1999 Sportsman of the Year


Photo: Viktor YUZHANINOV

Flag: Russian Federation Russian Federation (RUS)

Cross Country Skiing

Since 1987 Viktor has been ranked as the world’s number one cross country skier by winning every World Winter Games for the Deaf title in individual 15km and 30km distance races in 1987, 1991, and 1995. He also accumulated many gold medals in the European Championships since 1987. In 1999, he did it again by capturing four medals, including the two gold in the 15km double pursuit and 3x10km relay distance races at the 14th Winter World Games for the Deaf at Davos, Switzerland.

Other top finishers in this ranking order:

PETERSSON Lars flag: Sweden SWEShooting
PONTON Cristian flag: Italy ITAAthletics
BEDNAREK Miroslaw flag: Germany GERAthletics
LEGUTKY, JR. Martin flag: Slovakia SVKAlpine Skiing
ROUSSEL Francis flag: Canada CANSwimming
STIENSTRA Jan flag: Netherlands NEDShooting
HALL Kevin flag: United States USAGolf
JUKOVSKIY Denis flag: Uzbekistan UZBFootball
MULINDA Prosper flag: Zambia ZAMFootball