Soslan Andiyev


Soslan Andiyev was a 6x World and Olympic Champion heavyweight wrestler for the Soviet Union during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Andiyev won the Olympic Games in 1976 at Montreal and in 1980 at Moscow. He did not get the opportunity to wrestle at the 1984 Olympics due to the Soviet Union boycotting the Los Angeles Olympics that year.

Andiyev is considered one of the best freestyle heavyweight wrestlers in history along with Uzbekistan’s Artur Taymazov and Bruce Baumgartner.

Andiyev retired from wrestling in 1984 after the Olympic boycott and moved into coaching which he did for a few years after. He would be hired as the vice president of FILA a while later and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2006.

Andiyev passed away in November of 2018 at 66 years old.



1973 World Champion (+100kg)

1974 World Silver Medalist (+100kg)

1975 World Champion (+100kg)

1977 Word Champion (+100kg)

1978 World Champion (+100kg)


1974 European Champion (+100kg)

1975 European Champion (+100kg)

1982 European Champion (+100kg)


1976 Olympic Champion (+100kg)

1980 Olympic Champion (+100kg)

1984 Olympic (DNC) Boycott

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation
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