KRISS, GRIGORI (1940– ), Soviet fencer, winner of four Olympic medals. Born in Kiev, Kriss represented the Soviet Union at three Olympics: At the Tokyo Games in 1964 he won the gold in Team Epée and finished fourth in individual epée; in Mexico City in 1968 he won the silver in Individual Epée, losing to Gyozo Kulcsar of Hungary, and silver in team competition; and he won a bronze in Team Epée in Munich in 1972. Kriss also won the silver medal in 1967 and the gold medal in 1971 in the individual epée at the World Championships, and bronze in 1965, silver in 1966, gold in 1967 and 1969, and silver in 1971 in Team Epée at those World Championships. He subsequently coached the Ukrainian Olympic fencing team, which won four gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
[Elli Wohlgelernter (2nd ed.)]