Andrey Lavrov

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Medal record
Men's handball
Representing  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1990 Czechoslovakia Team
Representing the Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Team
Representing  Russia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1993 Sweden Team
Gold medal – first place 1997 Japan Team
Silver medal – second place 1999 Egypt Team
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Spain Team
Silver medal – second place 1994 Portugal Team
Silver medal – second place 2000 Croatia Team

Andrey Ivanovich Lavrov (Russian: Андрей Иванович Лавров, born March 26, 1962 in Krasnodar) is a Russian (and former Soviet) handball goalkeeper and the only three times Olympic handball champion.

Lavrov is also the only athlete to have won Olympic gold medals for three different teams, winning gold for the Soviet Union in 1988, the Unified Team in 1992, and for Russia in 2000. Four years later, at the age of 42, he won his fourth olympic medal, another unique feat for a handball player, when his Russian team earned third place and the bronze medals at the 2004 Athens Olympic games.

Lavrov was a long time captain for the Russian handball team, and he was Flag Bearer for the Russian athletes at the 2000 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Summer Olympics.

Lavrov has also won two World Championships for Russia, in 1993 and in 1997, as well as the European Championship in 1996.

In 2001, Andrey Lavrov was voted "Russian handball player of the century" in his home country.

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