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This is a list of the greatest Olympic athletes from Russia, with photos when available. These are the best Russian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Russian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Russian Olympian is the best of them all?

You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Russia is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is. This list ranges from Ruslan Sharifullin to Vladimir Lebedev, plus much more.

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Russia Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Russia. If you enjoyed this list of best Olympic athletes from Russia, you'll also enjoy this list of best Olympic athletes from France.

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Sergei Fedorov is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's Ice Hockey Sergei Viktorovich Fyodorov is a Russian retired ice hockey player, currently the general manager of CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. Fedorov played as centre in his career, also ...more

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. Prior to playing in the NHL, ...more

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Pavel Bure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's Ice Hockey Pavel Vladimirovich Bure is a retired Russian professional ice hockey right winger. Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey ...more

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Albert Demchenko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's Singles Albert Mikhailovich Demchenko is a Russian luger who has competed since 1992. A seven-time Winter Olympian, he finally won his first medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin with a silver in ...more

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Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Evgeni Vladimirovich "Geno" Malkin is a Russian professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He is known for his ...more

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Ksenia Makarova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Ksenia Olegovna Makarova is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2010 Skate Canada International silver medalist, 2009 Cup of Nice champion, and 2010 Russian national champion. She represented ...more

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Aleksey Seliverstov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Aleksey Seliverstov is a Russian bobsledder.

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Sergey Chudinov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Sergey Sergeyevich Chudinov is a Russian skeleton racer who has competed since 2003. Chudinov's best result is a victory at Lake Placid during the 2010/11 season on 17 December 2010; he also has ...more

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Sergei Gonchar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's Ice Hockey Sergei Viktorovich Gonchar is a Russian professional ice hockey playern currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Washington ...more

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Evgeni Plushenko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Figure skating - Men's singles Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko is a Russian figure skater. He is a four-time Olympic medalist, a three-time World champion, a seven-time European champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final champion, ...more

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Pavel Datsyuk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk is a Russian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. He has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in the ...more

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Denis Menchov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Denis Nikolayevich Menchov is a former professional Russian road bicycle racer, who rode as a professional between 2000 and 2013. He was best known as a general classification rider, a climber, ...more

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Irina Gashennikova is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Irina Gashennikova is an ice hockey player.

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Ilya Kovalchuk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He debuted in the Russian Superleague ...more

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Valeri Bure is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's Ice Hockey Valeri Vladimirovich Bure is a Russian former ice hockey right winger. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, St. Louis ...more

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Dmitry Stepushkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Dmitry Stepushkin is a Russian bobsledder who has competed since 2000. He won three medals in the four-man event at the FIBT World Championships with two silvers and a bronze. Stepushkin also ...more

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Alexander Radulov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Alexander Valerievich Radulov is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for CSKA of the Kontinental Hockey League. Radulov is second in KHL all-time scoring with 427 points, ...more

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Anton Golotsutskov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's Vault, Men's Floor exercises Anton Sergeyevich Golotsutskov is a Russian gymnast. He won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Alexei Morozov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's Ice Hockey Alexei Alekseyevich Morozov is a retired Russian professional ice hockey player. He played professional hockey with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League and in the Kontinental ...more

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Svetlana Sleptsova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Women's 4x6 km Relay Svetlana Yuryevna Sleptsova is a Russian biathlete. She is a member of the club CSKA. She is a three-time Junior World Champion and won the bronze medal in the mixed relay at the 2008 World ...more

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Olga Zavyalova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Olga Viktorovna Zavyalova, née Korneyeva is a Russian cross country skier who competed from 1993 to 2010. She won six medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with two gold, one ...more

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Kiril Serikov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Kiril Nikolayevich Serikov is a Russian luger who has competed since 2001. He finished 24th in the men's singles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Serikov's best finish at the FIL ...more

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Sergey Shiryayev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Sergey Shiryayev is a Russian cross country skier who has been competing since 2002. His best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was 11th in the 15 km event at the 2007 event in ...more

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Sergei Zinovjev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Sergei Olegovich Zinovjev is a Russian professional ice hockey centre currently an unrestricted free agent who last played for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is two-time ...more

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Sergei Novitski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Sergei Nikolayevich Novitski is a Russian ice dancer who skated with Jana Khokhlova until April 2010. Together, they are the 2008 World bronze medalists, 2009 European champions, and two-time ...more

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Nikolay Pankratov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Nikolay Vladimirovich Pankratov is a Russian cross-country skier who has competed since 2001. He won two medals in the 4 x 10 km at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a silver in 2007 ...more

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Ekaterina Ilyukhina is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Women's Parallel Giant Slalom Yekaterina Sergeyevna Ilyukhina is a Russian snowboarder, specializing in parallel giant slalom, an event in which she won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Evgeni Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Yevgeni Viktorovich Nabokov, more commonly written as Evgeni Nabokov, is a Kazakhstani-Russian retired professional ice hockey goaltender of the National Hockey League. Nabokov was selected ...more

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Yekaterina Ananina is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Ekaterina Ananina is an ice hockey player.

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Ekaterina Smolina is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Ekaterina Smolina is an ice hockey player.

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Natalia Goncharova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Women's synchronized 10 metre platform Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova was a Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer. Her great-aunt was Nataliya Nikolaevna Goncharova, wife of the ...more

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Aleksandr Lebedev is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Aleksandr Lebedev is a speed skater.

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Viktor Kneib is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Viktor Ivanovich Kneib is a Russian luger who has competed since the late 1990s. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 9th in the men's doubles event at Nagano in 1998. ...more

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Alena Leonova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Alena Igorevna Leonova is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2012 World silver medalist, the 2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2009 World Junior champion, and a three-time Russian ...more

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Ekaterina Lebedeva is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Ekaterina Lebedeva is an ice hockey player.

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Svetlana Terenteva is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Svetlana Terenteva is an ice hockey player.

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Ekaterina Stoliarova is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Ekaterina Stoliarova is a freestyle skier.

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Denis Moiseychenkov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Denis Moiseychenkov is a Russian bobsledder who has competed since 2007. His best World Cup finish was third in a four-man event at Altenberg, Germany in December 2009. Moiseychenkov finished ...more

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Tatyana Lebedeva is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Women's Triple jump, Women's Long jump Tatyana Romanovna Lebedeva is a Russian athlete who competes in both the long jump and triple jump events. She is one of most successful athletes in the disciplines, having won gold medals at ...more

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Daria Serova is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Daria Serova is an Olympic Freestyle Skier from Russia.

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Maxim Sushinsky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Maxim Yuryevich Sushinsky is a Russian professional ice hockey player. His last name is sometimes transliterated as Sushinski or Sushinskiy.

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Alexandre Zoubkov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Two-Man Bobsleigh Aleksandr Zubkov is a Russian bobsledder.

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Andrey Volkov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Andrey Volkov is a freestyle skier.

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Andrey Boldykov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Andrey Boldykov is a professional snowboarder.

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Sergej Maslennikov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Sergej Maslennikov is a Nordic combined skier.

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Valeriy Borchin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Men's 20km walk Valeriy Viktorovich Borchin is a race walker from Russia who was the reigning Olympic and is World champion over the 20 km distance. He was born in the village of Povadimovo near Saransk in what ...more

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Vassili Rotchev is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Vassili Rotchev is a cross-country skier.

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Denis Kornilov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Denis Aleksandrovich Kornilov is a Russian ski jumper who has been competing since 2003. His best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was fifth in the team normal hill in 2005 FIS ...more

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Dimitry Ipatov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Dimitry Gennadyevich Ipatov is a Russian ski jumper who has been competing since 2002. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of eighth in the team large hill event at Turin ...more

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Denis Grebeshkov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia
Denis Sergeyevich Grebeshkov is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for HC Vityaz Podolsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.