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American artistic gymnast – Alexander Artemev
Alexander “Sasha” Artemev, born in Minsk, Belarusian SSR, Russia, is an American artistic gymnast.
Artemev is the 2006 all-around U.S. National Champion, the 2007 and 2008 U.S. National Champion on the pommel horse; an individual bronze medalist at the 2006 World Championships, and, most notably, a member of the bronze medal winning U.S. team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Born in Russia, Artemev along with his dad moved to the United States in 1994 when he was 9, and father and son became citizens in 2002.
Artemev made his gymnastic debut in 2006 at the U.S. National Championships where he won three titles on all-around, pommel horse and parallel bars. He was the only member of the American men’s team to win a medal at the 2006 World Championships, a bronze on the pommel horse. At the 2007 U.S. Nationals he finished fourth in the all around.
At the 2008 U.S. Nationals, Artemev won the pommel horse title for the second consecutive year. After the Olympic Trials in June, he was named as an alternate to the men’s team for the 2008 Olympics. On August 7, he was added to the team, replacing injured Morgan Hamm.
Also in 2008, Artemev garnered a worldwide audience in Beijing Olympics when he and his teammates won the bronze medal in men’s team gymnastics in Beijing. His dazzling performance on the pommel horse, the last routine for the team, locked the Americans in third place. Following the team competition, he competed in the individual all-around, where he received the second highest pommel horse score with a 15.525.
Artemev’s future aspirations include attending college to study business and someday opening his own gym.