Nikolai Anikin, a three-time Olympic Medalist, leader of the Russian ski program, and elite coach based out of Duluth, Minnesota, passed away this weekend at his home after battling cancer for two years. Anikin was 77. He is survived by his wife Antonina, daughter Irinia, 50, of Moscow, and son, Nikolai Jr. 28 of Duluth.
Nikolai Anikin has long been a fixture in US skiing. As a coach, he helped to raise the level of the sport in this country – he will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.