Ivan Ukhov is an unconventional sportsman. For nine years he played basketball until he had an argument with his coach at which point he took up high jumping.
However, after the disappointment of not being selected for the Beijing Olympics, Ivan got drunk at a competition in Switzerland. Mobile phone footage of his drunken antics made him an internet star.
Three years on, Ivan has married, become a father and is now aiming to raise the bar on his career by winning gold at the London Olympics in 2012.
Steven Rosenberg reports.