Yuriy Pimenov, Russian Olympic rower, Died at 61

Yuriy Igorevich Pimenov was born on March 29, 1958, and died on April 19, 2019; he was a retired Russian rower who mostly competed in the coxless pairs, rowing with his twin brother Nikolay.

In 1978 and 1993 the brothers won a silver medal at the 1980 Olympics, as well as three gold, three silver and one bronze medal at the world championships.

They completed in 6th and 15th place at the 1988 and 1992 Games, respectively, missing the 1984 Olympics due to their boycott by the Soviet Union. They went to the Friendship Games instead, dubbed the alternative Olympics, where they won gold.

Yuriy was an international rowing referee and the chief referee of the Russian Rowing Federation.

In 1994, Yuriy became the third person to earn the Thomas Keller Medal, the highest honour in rowing.

Yuriy Igorevich Pimenov passed away at the age of 61.