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Alexey Ivanovich Voyevoda (born 9 May 1980) is a Russian professional armwrestler and Olympic bobsledder.

Armwrestling

Voyevoda has won numerous championships in his armwrestling career. He was defeated by Travis Bagent at the 2003 WAF championship, but won the Zloty Tur 2004 cup one year later, defeating high level armwrestlers such as Bagent, Brzenk, Matt Girdner, and Alexey Semerenko. Voyevoda reclaimed the WAF championship in 2004 (left- and right-handed) and won the European Championship the same year. After a left hand vendetta match with Alexey Semerenko (winning 4–2) and Travis Bagent (losing 5–1) in 2005, Voyevoda took a break from his professional armwrestling career to return bobsleigh training until 2007. He returned in 2007 and defeated Michael Todd (6-0), but again left to focus on bobsledding. He returned again in 2016, losing (5-1) against Tim Bresnan.

His most notable victory, over John Brzenk in 2004, was immortalized in the feature-length documentary, "Pulling John".

Olympic Career

Voyevoda competed for Russia in both two and four-man bobsledding in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 Winter Olympics. He has won one bronze (2010), one silver (2006), and two gold (2014, two-man and four-man).

In 2017, Voyevoda was stripped of his 2014 Olympic medals, following the doping violation of his bobsledding partner Aleksandr Zubkov. On 18 December 2017, Voyevoda received a personal lifetime ban from the Olympic Games due to doping violations at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[1]

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