Two-time World Champion Dmitri Bilozertchev is entering his fourth season as assistant coach of the Buckeyes. While at Ohio State, he has imparted his expertise and passion to the program’s student-athletes on all six events, concentrating on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.
In addition to working with the men’s varsity team, the Moscow, Russia, native heads the OSU Boys team.
One of the sport’s most celebrated athletes, Bilozertchev began gymnastics at age 6 under the direction of legendary Russian coach Alexander Alexandrov. A decade later, Bilozertchev claimed his first world title in 1983 at age 16, making him the youngest world champion in gymnastics history. Along with the all-around crown, he won the pommel horse, rings and high bar titles at the international competition.
Due to Russia’s boycott of the 1984 Olympics, Bilozertchev competed at the Alternate Games held in Olomouc, Czech Republic, where he claimed gold in the all-around and four other events. The following year, he added the 1985 European all-around title to his résume before fracturing his leg in 42 places in an auto accident.
Although doctors first thought they would need to amputate his leg, Bilozertchev returned to world competition in 1987 and captured his second world championship.
Bilozertchev’s Olympic résume includes a bronze medal in the all-around and pair of gold medals on pommel horse and parallel bars at the 1988 Seoul Games. In the all-around, he scored three perfect 10s and totaled 59.75 points.
In 2003, the Russian standout was voted the 39th inductee to the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame by his peers.
Prior to moving to Columbus, Bilozertchev and his wife, Olga, were the owners and operators of United Sports Academy in Beaverton, Ore. The couple has three children, current Buckeye Alexy Bilozertchev (18), Alisa (11) and Maria (1).
Training under his father, Alexy earned his first U.S. all-around title in the junior division with an 84.85 at the 2007 VISA Championships in San Jose, Calif. Bilozertchev traveled to Guatemala in Oct. 2007, as assistant coach of the gold medal winning U.S. Junior Pan America team.