The voice of Soviet sports - Nikolai Ozerov!
It was the voice of the era - sports Levitan - Nikolai Ozerov. 30 years of his commentary activity - from the 50s to the mid-80s - coincided with the flourishing of Soviet sport. Nikolai Nikolayevich himself was an athlete - one of the best tennis players in the country. In 1941, he was not allowed to go to the front - on the orders of the USSR leadership, together with other tennis players, he played demonstration matches at stadiums to inspire people, to show that, despite the war, the spirit of Soviet citizens was not broken.
Ozerov became the successor of Vadim Sinyavsky - the last one belongs to the phrase: “Goal! H ...! Rod! ”, Which was later attributed to Ozerov. They did not dare punish Sinyavsky for this phrase - it was Stalin's favorite commentator. “Let's go, Kolya, into the cockpit, we will make a commentator out of you,” - with these words of Sinyavsky began the commentary career of Nikolai Nikolayevich Ozerov. And he became a worthy successor. His intelligent, emotional, sometimes dramatic voice was lost to several generations of Soviet citizens.During his long career, Ozerov led reports from fifteen Olympic Games, thirty world championships in ice hockey, eight world championships in football, as a commentator he visited 49 countries around the world.
This was perhaps the most famous man in the USSR. Ozerov was often asked for help, and he helped: to whom to knock out the long-awaited apartment, to whom to get the scarce medicine. In the late 70s, Ozerov began to teach and promote young commentators - it was thanks to him that the country was heard by Pereturin, Maslachenko, Mayorov, Dmitriev. However, in the mid-80s — at the height of perestroika — Ozerov’s Soviet leadership seemed irrelevant to television broadcasts — Ozerov was removed from keeping important matches, sent to comment on second-rate games. It was humiliating.
He just left a letter of resignation on the table ... No one stopped him, did not call, did not ask to return. So gone era. Today, some commentators say, "Ozerov is the last century." Perhaps only who remembers these commentators at least a year later? And Ozerov remember. It was the voice of the great country's sports victories.