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List of famous athletes from Russia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Russia has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Russian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Russia and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Russia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

With athletes ranging from Alla Kudryavtseva to Yelena Välbe, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Russian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Russia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Russia in order to get more information about each one.

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, ...more

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Fedor Emelianenko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko is a Russian politician and retired Heavyweight mixed martial artist, sambist, and judoka. He has won championships and accolades in multiple sports, most notably ...more

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Alexander Emelianenko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Alexander Vladimirovich Emelianenko is a Russian mixed martial artist. He is a three-time Russian national Combat Sambo champion and three-time world Combat Sambo champion in the absolute ...more

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova is a Russian retired professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide, despite her never winning a ...more

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Oleg Taktarov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Oleg Nikolaevich Taktarov is a retired Russian mixed martial artist and actor. He is a practitioner of Sambo and Judo and has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting ...more

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Igor Vovchanchyn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Igor Yaroslavovych Vovchanchyn is a retired Ukrainian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. After making his professional MMA debut in 1995, he won seven mixed martial arts tournaments, held a ...more

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Roman Zentsov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Roman Zentsov is a retired Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter who has competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, a major MMA organization based in Japan, and BodogFIGHT. Roman has ...more

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Svetlana Feofanova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Svetlana Yevgenyevna Feofanova is a Russian pole vaulter.

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Yelena Isinbayeva is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva is a Russian pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, the current world record holder in the event, who is widely ...more

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Nikolai Khabibulin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Edmonton Oilers Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin is a Russian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He is known by his nickname The Bulin Wall He previously played for the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, ...more

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Maksim Tarasov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Maksim Vladimirovich Tarasov is a retired pole vaulter.

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Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia was a Russian Imperial Highness and one of the few Romanovs to escape murder by the Bolsheviks after the Russian Revolution. He is known for being involved ...more

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Margarita Marbler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Margarita Marbler is a freestyle skier.

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Yuko Kavaguti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Yuko Kavaguti is a pair skater who has represented Japan and Russia in international competition. In 2006, she began competing with Alexander Smirnov for Russia. They are two time European ...more

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Anna Chicherova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper of Armenian origin. She was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and won a bronze ...more

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Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva is a retired Russian tennis player. Dementieva won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 ...more

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Olga Zaitseva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva is a former Russian biathlete. She began her career in 1994. After not competing in the 2014–15 season, Zaitseva announced her retirement on 24 January 2015. Shortly ...more

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Natalia Levchenkova is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Natalia Levchenkova is a biathlete.

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Oksana Grishuk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Oksana Vladimirovna Grishuk is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. She is best known for her partnership with Evgeni Platov from 1989–1998. With Platov, she is a two-time Olympic champion, ...more

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Tatiana Borodulina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Tatiana Borodulina is a short track speed skater.

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Olga Pyleva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Olga Valeryevna Medvedtseva, former Pyleva, née Zamorozova, is a former Russian biathlete. At the 2002 Winter Olympics she won an individual gold medal in the 10 km pursuit, as well as ...more

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Peter Odemwingie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
FC Lokomotiv Moscow Peter Osaze Odemwingie is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Stoke City. Odemwingie grew up in Russia and Nigeria and began his career with Bendel Insurance in ...more

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Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Rebecca Lynn "Becky" Hammon is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association and a retired professional basketball player. Hammon played for the ...more

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Dimitry Vassiliev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Dimitry Viktorovich Vassiliev is a Russian ski jumper who has been competing in the World Cup since 1999. His best finish at the World Championships is fifth in the team normal hill in ...more

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Washington Capitals 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