Konyukhov, Fedor Filippovich

Konyukhov, Fedor Filippovich, 1951–, Russian adventurer and explorer, b. Chkalove, Ukraine. After attending nautical schools in Odessa and Leningrad, he became a marine engineer and navigator and served in the Soviet navy. He then studied art and was a painter and sculptor; in 2010 he was ordained in the Russian Orthodox church. Best known as an adventurer, Konyukhov has sailed around the world several times, rowed across the Atlantic and Pacific, and climbed the highest mountains on all seven continents, among other achievements. In 2016 he became the second solo balloonist to circumnavigate the world nonstop, completing the trip in shorter period of time than Steve Fossett did.

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