Badamshin, Igor G.
Igor Gayniahmetovich Badamshin, 47 of Wausau, WI, died unexpectedly Friday Jan. 24. Igor was born in Sverdlovsk, Russia, on June 12, 1966, the son of Gainiahmet Badamshin. He was employed by Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) of Madison, WI as head ski coach and was also head coach and Board Member for Knicker Nordic of Wausau.
Igor's life was woven into the fabric of the skiing community around the world. He won a bronze medal in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 1993 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. He took 14th place at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. He was a member of the USSR National Team, a prize winner of Russian Championships and World Cup Races. Igor came to CXC in 2007 and continued as an advisor, Junior Development Coach, Elite Coach and Head Coach. Igor's community involvement in Wausau, has inspired our youth, high school, master, and elite skiers to a new level of excellence. His love and enthusiasm for skiing and people will continue to reverberate and live on in all who he touched.
Igor is survived by his wife, Nina Gavrylyuk; daughter, Jenia; mother; sister; twin brother in Russia; and the Steffen family.
A memorial/gathering is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8pm-10pm at the Cable Community Center, Cable, WI.
Because of his passion for coaching junior skiers and athletic excellence, we would like to establish a fund in his name to provide scholarship programs for assisting talented junior athletes in Central Region. Donations towards the Igor Badamshin Fund can be mailed to CXC Skiing, P.O. Box 930442, Verona, WI 53593 with "IB Fund" on the memo line.
Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services of Minocqua and Woodruff is assisting the family, www.bolgerfuneral.com.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Feb. 4, 2014