*British talent show where soap opera actors compete with their singing abilities. Today a little less about sports. I’ve recently seen the world top armwrestling competitor, Evgeny Prudnik, sing in the Ukrainian version of Britain’s Got Talent (or whatever it’s called over there). I heard on a grapevine that Evgeny is a theatre and movie actor and has quite a filmography, not only in Kiev’s productions. And on top of that, he sings… well… ()
Well? In my opinion (and I’m a fine art graduate so I know next to nothing about it) it’s not phenomenal. Here’s the link to a video, I can’t share it otherwise. Listen yourselves. Maybe it’s the song that’s not intriguing enough, I’m curious about your judgement.
Anyway – the second I heard Prudnik, I got reminded of another “singing wrestler”, Alexey Voevoda. His victories at the Zloty Tur Professional World Cup in 2003 and 2004. He sings too! Or rather sang, since the recording is from ages ago (2008, to be precise). Give it a listen!
Here’s an interview with Alexey from 2008 as well.
I wanted to compress it a little since it’s so old and a lot has changed but when I read about drinking vodka I had to keep most of the questions and answers. One more thing… I don’t know who asked the questions in the interview – but I think it wasn’t me. I have a hunch but I’m not sure. Still, it was an armpower.net interview (maybe Leszek Soboń…?).
Though currently at his “armwrestling rest”, the Russian Alexey Voevoda is a key figure of the sport of armwrestling. His career started in 1999 when he won silver at the Russian Championships and qualified to the national team for the European and World Championships in 2000. Ever since then Alexey scored a multitude of sports achievements including multiple national (Russian Champion) and international (European and World Champion, Professional World Cup winner and others) titles. However, one of his biggest merits has to be (besides armwrestling achievements) placing second with a silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, 2006, in bobsled (quartets).
Though every armwrestler knows this Russian wrestler at least a little, we will try to get you even more familiar with him.
Name and surname: Alexey Voevoda
Date of birth: May 9, 1980
Place of birth: Ukraine, Czernigovska, Kalinovica.
Hometown: Sochi, Russia
Height: 195 cm
Weight: 116 kg
Bicep: 52 cm
Forearm: 47 cm
Education and occupation: Degree in management, currently studying law
Rodzina: bachelor, sister Oxana (1975)
- Multiple Russian Armwrestling Champion
- European Armwrestling Champion 2004
- World Armwrestling Champion 2004
- Armwrestling Professional World Cup champion in 2003 and 2004
- Bobsled World Cup champion in 2005
- Russian Olympic Representative (silver in bobsled / quartets) of the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, 2006
Armpower: What’s the circumference of your bicep?
Alexey Voevoda: It’s 52 cm.
Armpower: Have you ever been this big?
Alexey Voevoda: No, I wasn’t always this big but I was always different from my peers. I was a bit bigger and stronger. That’s how it was even in primary school.
Armpower: How did you develop such impressive muscle mass?
AV: I always trained for isometry. I tried to develop, above anything, my muscle strength, not volume. I believe that ligaments are more important in my body than muscles. And the fact that my weight also followed is a different story.
Armpower: What does your regular day look like?
AV: At approx. 9 AM I have breakfast. Between 10 AM and 1 PM I go to the stadium and jog there. I rest and nap from 2 PM to 4 PM. Between 6 and 9 PM I have my main strength training. And that’s how I train almost everyday. And in the evening – of course, I have some time for myself.
Armpower: How much weight can you lift/press?
AV: It all depends on what I should lift and how. I usually lift about 110-115 kg with my bicep, but about 400 kg while doing a quarter squat. I train my legs with 430-450 kg weights. And the maximum weight I have held with my bicep at 90 degrees was 237 kg.
Armpower: Who’s stronger - Alexey Voevoda or Mariusz Pudzianowski?
AV: Of course, I’m better at armwrestling. I can also bet that I can run faster. But in his specialty I’m definitely much weaker.
Armpower: What’s harder – armwrestling or bobsleding at 100km/h?
AV: Bobsleding, of course. Especially since the speeds start at 120 km/h and higher. The maximum speed I ever sled at was 157 km/h.
Armpower: And which of these is more exciting?
AV: Of course I love armwrestling, it’s very important to me and makes me very emotional, just like bobsled. But when I get to the table the emotions are a few times stronger than when I sit in a bobsleigh. And I want to note that it’s more emotional for me to win with a tough opponent at the table than to get a medal.
Armpower: What are your biggest achievements in armwrestling, and what are they in bobsled (besides the olympic silver, of course)?
AV: In armwrestling: Winner of Professionals World Cup in 2003 and 2004, Amateur World Champion 2000, 2003, 2004. The strongest armwrestler on the planet with the right arm in 2004. In bobsled: victories in 2006 in Quartets World Cup. I’m a gold medalist in the general World Cup 2006 (in total 8 stages).