Bronze torsos created by sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, the Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year.

Russian sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, the United States Sports Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, recently finished solid bronze pieces of a man’s and woman’s torsos in honor of Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco.

Eylanbekov’s created the sculptures to represent the marriage in July of Prince Albert II to South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock.

The Academy, which commissioned the bronzes, currently plans to put them on display in front of an art gallery it is creating by renovating a former bank building on its campus to display submissions by artists participating in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest. The Academy is managing the contest for the fourth consecutive Olympiad.

In 2003, Eylanbekov’s sculpture titled, “Five Continents,” won the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sport Art Competition and was then entered into the international competition. Competing against entries from 39 countries, Eylanbekov’s sculpture won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport Art Competition for the 2004 Athens Olympics. This award marked an important career turning point and brought significant new international attention to Eylanbekov’s work.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recently visited Eylanbekov’s New York City studio. Eylanbekov recently completed the addition of a studio to his home and gave Dr. Rosandich a tour.

“He is truly a talented artist, in more ways than one,” Dr. Rosandich says. “He has done a magnificent job in developing his new studio.”