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The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia

Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 110 voters 11.9k views200 items

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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  • Albert Demchenko1
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    Albert Demchenko

    Men's Singles

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1971-11-27

    Place Of BirthChusovoy,Russia,Perm Krai,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportLuge

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionLuge at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's Singles

    Weight95.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Albert Mikhailovich Demchenko (Russian: Альберт Михайлович Демченко; born 27 November 1971) is...  more
  • Alexander Ovechkin2
    Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr...  more
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    Aleksey Seliverstov is a Russian bobsledder....  more
  • Sergey Chudinov4
    Sergey Sergeyevich Chudinov (Russian: Сергей Сергеевич Чудинов; born June 8, 1983 in Chusovoy)...  more
  • Sergei Gonchar5
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    Sergei Gonchar

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1974-04-13

    Place Of BirthChelyabinsk,Russia,Chelyabinsk Oblast,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Weight96.16

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Sergei Viktorovich Gonchar (Russian: Серге́й Ви́кторович Гонча́р, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej...  more
  • Evgeni Malkin6
    Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin (Russian: Евге́ний Влади́мирович Ма́лкин, IPA: [jɪvˈɡʲenʲɪj...  more
  • Alexander Radulov7
    Alexander Valerievich Radulov (Russian: Александр Валерьевич Радулов; born 5 July 1986) is a...  more
  • Pavel Datsyuk8
    Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk (Па́вел Вале́рьевич Дацю́к, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ dɐˈtsuk]; born 20 July...  more
  • Irina Gashennikova9
    Irina Gashennikova is an ice hockey player....  more
  • Denis Menchov10
    Denis Nikolayevich Menchov (Russian: Денис Николаевич Меньшов; born 25 January 1978) is a...  more
  • Ksenia Makarova11
    Ksenia Olegovna Makarova (Russian: Ксения Олеговна Макарова, born 20 December 1992) is a...  more
  • Sergei Fedorov12
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    Sergei Fedorov

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1969-12-13

    Place Of BirthPskov,Russia,Pskov Oblast,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalityUnited States of America,Russia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Weight93.44

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1998 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Sergei Viktorovich Fyodorov (Серге́й Викторович Фёдоров; born December 13, 1969) is a Russian...  more
  • Valeri Bure13
    9
    4

    Valeri Bure

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1974-06-13

    Place Of BirthMoscow,Russia,Soviet Union,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Weight81.65

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Valeri Vladimirovich "Val" Bure (; Russian: Валерий Владимирович Буре, IPA: [vɐˈlʲerʲɪj...  more
  • Anton Golotsutskov14
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    Anton Golotsutskov

    Men's Vault, Men's Floor exercises

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1985-07-28

    Place Of BirthSeversk,Russia,Tomsk Oblast,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportArtistic gymnastics

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionGymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Vault,Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Floor Exercises

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Anton Sergeyevich Golotsutskov (Russian: Антон Серге́евич Голоцуцков, born July 28, 1985 in...  more
  • Dmitry Stepushkin15
    Dmitry Stepushkin (born September 3, 1975 in Chkalovsk) is a Russian bobsledder who has...  more
  • Evgeni Plushenko16
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    4

    Evgeni Plushenko

    Figure skating - Men's singles

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1982-11-03

    Olympic SportFigure skating

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFigure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's singles,Figure Skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics -Men's Singles,Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's singles

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko (Russian: Евге́ний Ви́кторович Плю́щенко​ , born 3 November 1982)...  more

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    #382 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#3 of 51 The Greatest Male Figure Skaters of All Time

  • Natalia Goncharova17
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    Natalia Goncharova

    Women's synchronized 10 metre platform

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1881-06-04

    NationalityFrance,Russia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's synchronized 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (Russian: Ната́лья Серге́евна Гончаро́ва, IPA: [nɐˈtalʲjə...  more
  • Pavel Bure18
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    Pavel Bure

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1971-03-31

    Place Of BirthMoscow,Russia,Soviet Union,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Weight86.63614267

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Па́вел Влади́мирович Буре́, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪɫ bʊˈrɛ]; born...  more
  • Sergei Zinovjev19
    Sergei Olegovich Zinovjev (Russian: Серге́й Олегович Зиновьев; born March 4, 1980 in...  more
  • Alena Leonova20
    Alena Igorevna Leonova (Russian: Алёна Игоревна Леонова; born 23 November 1990) is a Russian...  more
  • Svetlana Sleptsova21
    3
    2

    Svetlana Sleptsova

    Women's 4x6 km Relay

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1986-07-31

    Place Of BirthKhanty-Mansiysk,Russia,Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportBiathlon

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBiathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's relay

    Weight54.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Svetlana Yuryevna Sleptsova (Russian: Светлана Юрьевна Слепцова; born 31 July 1986 in Khanty...  more
  • Bair Badënov22
    6
    8

    Bair Badënov

    Men's Archery, individual

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1976-06-28

    Olympic SportArchery

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionArchery at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Bair Badënov (Russian: Баи́р Доржи́евич Бадёнов, Baír Dorzhíyevich Badyónov, pronounced [bɐˈir...  more
  • Alexei Morozov23
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    Alexei Morozov

    Men's Ice Hockey

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1977-02-16

    Place Of BirthMoscow,Russia,Soviet Union,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportIce Hockey

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionIce hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men’s Team

    Weight88.90410452

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1998 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Alexei Alekseyevich Morozov (Russian: Алексей Алексе́евич Морозов; born 16 February 1977) is a...  more
  • Alyona Sidko24
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    Alyona Sidko

    Women's Individual Sprint

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1979-09-20

    Place Of BirthKrasnoyarsk,Russia,Europe,Asia,North Eurasia

    Olympic SportCross-country skiing

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionCross-Country Skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's Sprint Individual

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Alyona Viktorovna Sidko (Russian: Алёна Ви́кторовна Сидько́; born September 20, 1979,...  more
  • Alexander Legkov25
    Alexander Gennadiyevich Legkov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Геннáдьевич Легков; born 7 May 1983) is a...  more