August 16, 2022

Renowned Russian bobsleigh standout Dmitry Stepushkin dies at 46

The country of Russia and the entire international bobsleigh community were shocked in recent days over the surprise death of two-time Bobsleigh World Cup winner Dmitry Stepushkin, a development that was reported by Estonian news outlet Postimees.

The 46-year-old athlete’s death was announced on the Russian Bobsleigh Federation’s website, and the cause of Stepushkin’s passing was not provided, nor was it perhaps known.

A statement issued by the federation lamented the apparently unexpected loss of Stepushkin, with the group noting, “Dmitry agreed to join the headquarters of the President of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation Anatoly Pegov. There were so many ideas and projects ahead that we will try to implement without him.”

Accompanying the federation’s announcement of Stepushkin’s death was a statement indicating that the group would be overseeing funeral plans for the departed athlete and that a service would take place on July 2 in the town of Voronezh.

Born in Chkalovsk, Russia, in September of 1975, Stepushkin began formal international competition in 2000, ultimately achieving significant success in the sport of bobsledding.

The well-known phenom ultimately went on to medal three times in the FIBT World Championships’ four-man events, taking silvers in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and snagging a bronze in 2003.

In addition, Stepushkin’s noteworthy career included appearances in three Winter Olympics, coming in ninth in the games’ four-man event, both in 2006 and 2010.

The renowned competitor also was named an Honored Master of Sports of Russia, won that country’s championship six times, and took the European title twice.

In addition to his family, friends, and colleagues in the world of bobsledding, Stepushkin will surely be missed by the legions of fans who watched him scale the heights of his chosen sport over the course of the past two decades.

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