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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 Sharapova 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 Emelianenko 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 Emelianenko 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 Kournikova 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 Taktarov 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 Vovchanchyn 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 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 Feofanova 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 Isinbayeva 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
Nikolai Khabibulin 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 Tarasov 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 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 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 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 Chicherova 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 Dementieva 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 Zaitseva 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 Natalia Levchenkova is a biathlete.

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Oksana Grishuk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Oksana Grishuk 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 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 Pyleva 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
Peter Odemwingie 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
Becky Hammon 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 Vassiliev 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
Alexander Ovechkin 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

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Natalya Korostelyova is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Natalya Korostelyova Natalya Sergeyevna Korostelyova is a Russian cross country skier who competed since 2002. She won a bronze in the team sprint event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Korostelyova also ...more

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Vladimir Bystrov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Vladimir Bystrov FC Spartak Moscow Vladimir Sergeyevich Bystrov is an association football right winger who currently plays for FC Krasnodar and the Russian national football team. He is renowned for his blistering pace and is ...more

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Svetlana Sleptsova is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Svetlana Sleptsova 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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Tatyana Lebedeva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Tatyana Lebedeva 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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Anna Bogaliy-Titovets is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Anna Bogaliy-Titovets Anna Ivanovna Bogaliy-Titovets is a retired Russian biathlete. She is 167 cm tall and weighs 58 kg. She has had eleven podium finishes, three in first place, four in second, and has come third ...more

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Dinara Safina is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Dinara Safina Dinara Mubinovna Safina is a former World No. 1 Russian professional tennis player. Safina was runner-up in singles at the 2008 French Open, 2009 Australian Open, and the 2009 French Open, ...more

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Yevgeniya Medvedeva is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Yevgeniya Medvedeva Yevgeniya Vladimirovna Medvedeva is a Russian cross-country skier who has competed since 1996. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she won two medals at Turin in 2006 with a gold in the 4 x 5 km ...more

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Oksana Domnina is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Oksana Domnina Oksana Alexandrovna Domnina is a Russian ice dancer. She and partner Maxim Shabalin are the 2010 Olympic bronze medalists, the 2009 World Champions, the 2008 & 2010 European Champions, the ...more

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Natalia Goncharova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Natalia Goncharova 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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Yelena Miroshina is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Yelena Miroshina Yelena Miroshina was a female diver from Russia, best known for twice winning the gold medal at the European Championships in the women's 10 m platform. Miroshina competed in two consecutive ...more

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Anastasia Myskina is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Anastasia Myskina Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina is a retired professional tennis player from Russia. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam ...more

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Lidia Skoblikova is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Lidia Skoblikova Lidiya Pavlovna Skoblikova is a retired Russian speed skater and coach. Representing the USSR Olympic team during the Olympic Winter Games in 1960 and 1964, she won a total of six gold medals, ...more

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Natalya Petrusyova is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Natalya Petrusyova Natalya Anatolyevna Petrusyova is a former speed skater.

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Alyona Sidko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Alyona Sidko Alyona Viktorovna Sidko is a Russian cross-country skier who has competed since 2000. Sidko won a bronze medal in the Individual Sprint at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She also won a ...more

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Raisa Smetanina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Raisa Smetanina Raisa Petrovna Smetanina is a former Soviet/Russian Nordic skiing champion. She is the first woman in history to win ten Winter Olympic medals. Smetanina took part in five Olympics, representing ...more

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Dmitri Popov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Dmitri Popov FC Spartak Moscow Dmitri Lvovich Popov is a Russian retired footballer who played as a left midfielder. He is currently the director of sports for FC Spartak Moscow.

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Daria Serova is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Daria Serova Daria Serova is an Olympic Freestyle Skier from Russia.

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Dmitri Galiamin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Dmitri Galiamin FC Saturn Moscow Oblast Dmitri Aleksandrovich Galiamin is a Russian retired footballer who played as a defender. He currently works as director of sports for FC Dynamo Moscow.

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Nikita Bazhenov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Nikita Bazhenov FC Tom' Tomsk Nikita Aleksandrovich Bazhenov is an association footballer who plays striker. He currently plays for FC Tom Tomsk. He made one appearance in UEFA Champions League 2006-07.

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Alexandra Rodionova is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Alexandra Rodionova Alexandra Vasiliyevna Rodionova is a Russian luger who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of sixth in the women's singles event at Vancouver in ...more

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Marina Anisina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Marina Anisina Marina Vyacheslavovna Anissina is a French-Russian ice dancer. Competing with Gwendal Peizerat for France, she is the 2002 Olympic champion, the 1998 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2000 World ...more

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Tatyana Dzhandzhgava is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Tatyana Dzhandzhgava Tatyana Dzhandzhgava is a Kazakhstani and Russian former handball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1988 Summer Olympics, for the Unified Team in the 1992 Summer Olympics, and for ...more

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Svetlana Khorkina is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Svetlana Khorkina Svetlana Vasilyevna Khorkina is a Russian artistic gymnast. She competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the 2004 Summer Olympics. Throughout her career, Khorkina won ...more

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Anna Semenovich is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Anna Semenovich Anna Grigorievna Semenovich is a Russian singer, actress, model, and former competitive ice dancer.

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Sergei Fedorov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Sergei Fedorov 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