Arkadi Aleksandrovitš Fedotov was born in Pestovo in 1928. He studied physical education at the Sortavala Polytechnic in 1945-1948 and in Lesgafti sports academy in 1948-1952. In 1952 Fedotov became the headmaster of a sports academy for children and youth in Sortavala. His creative skills and aptitude for the job were evident from the start. His inspiring attitude helped increase the popularity of sports such as ski jumping and Nordic combined in Sortavala. Fedotov was also involved in creating the proper infrastructure for training. He lead the project to construct a new school building for the academy and to enlarge the ski jump platform. Several talented athletes began their training under Fedotov and many would go on to compete and succeed on national and international level. Fedotov himself traveled abroad with his students in 1972-1976, visiting Olympics and other international competitions.
Fedotov filmed the performances of foreign athletes and used them as teaching material. Fedotov’s school also produced several gifted experts who would work as coaches both home and abroad. Juri Ivanov, a protégée of Fedotov, became the head coach of the soviet ski jumping team. Another student, Valeri Tšuikinista, became the Soviet champion in nordic combined and the headmaster of the sports academy. Fedotov also worked with troubled youngsters at boarding school number 2. He gained vast recognition: In 1970 he was granted a trophy for exceptional cultural work, shortly after he was given the title of esteemed coach of the Soviet Union and in 1976 the esteemed educator. He also worked as a skiing judge and was given the veteran worker’s award.