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Famous Athletes from Russia

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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 (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə ʂɐˈrapəvə] (listen); born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States ...more
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Fedor Emelianenko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Фёдор Влади́мирович Емелья́ненко, tr. Fyodor Vladimirovich Yemelyanenko, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ jɪmʲɪˈlʲjænʲɪnkə]; born 28 September ...more
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Alexander Emelianenko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Alexander Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Александр Владимирович Емельяненко, tr. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Emel'janenko [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ jɪmʲɪˈlʲjænʲɪnkə]; born ...more
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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова, IPA: [ˈannə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə ˈkurnʲɪkəvə] (listen); born 7 June 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her ...more
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Oleg Taktarov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Oleg Nikolaevich Taktarov (Russian: Оле́г Никола́евич Такта́ров; born 26 August 1967) is a Russian actor and a retired mixed martial artist of Mari origin. He is a practitioner of sambo and judo ...more
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Igor Vovchanchyn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Igor Yaroslavovych Vovchanchyn (Ukrainian: Ігор Ярославович Вовчанчин; born August 6, 1973) is a retired Ukrainian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. After making his professional MMA debut in ...more
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Roman Zentsov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Roman Zentsov (Russian: Роман Зенцов, pronounced [rɐˈman zʲɪnˈʐəf]) (born September 10, 1973 in Bryansk) is a retired Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter who has competed in the PRIDE ...more
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Svetlana Feofanova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Svetlana Yevgenyevna Feofanova (Russian: Светлана Евгеньевна Феофанова; born 16 July 1980) 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 (Russian: Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева, IPA: [jɪˈlʲɛnə gɐˈdʐɨjɪvnə ɪsʲɪnˈbajɪvə]; born 3 June 1982) is a Russian former pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold ...more
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Nikolai Khabibulin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
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Nikolai Alexandrovich Khabibulin ( (listen); Russian: Николай Александрович Хабибулин, IPA: [xəbʲɪˈbulʲɪn], born January 13, 1973) is a Russian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Known ...more
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Maksim Tarasov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Maksim Vladimirovich Tarasov (Russian: Максим Владимирович Тарасов, born 2 December 1970 in Yaroslavl, Soviet Union) is a retired Russian pole vaulter. He is the Russian national record holder ...more
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Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich of Russia (Russian: Его Императорское Высочество Великий Князь Дмитрий Павлович; 18 September 1891 – 5 March 1942) was a Russian Grand Duke and one of the few ...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 (also: Kawaguchi, Japanese: Kawaguchi Yūko (川口 悠子), Russian: Юко Кавагути, born 20 November 1981) is a pair skater who has represented Japan and Russia in international ...more
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Anna Chicherova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Чичерова; born 22 July 1982) is a Russian high jumper. She was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World ...more
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Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, [jɪˈlʲɛnə dʲɪˈmʲenʲtʲjɪvə] (listen); born 15 October 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. She won the ...more
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Olga Zaitseva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva (Russian: Ольга Алексеевна Зайцева; born 16 May 1978) is a former Russian biathlete. She began her career in 1994. After not competing in the 2014–15 season, Zaitseva ...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 (Pasha) Vladimirovna Grishuk (Russian: Оксана (Паша) Владимировна Грищук; born March 17, 1971) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. She is best known for her partnership with ...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 (Russian: Ольга Валерьевна Медведцева), former Pyleva (Russian: Пылёва), née Zamorozova (Russian: Заморозова), (born 7 July 1975) is a former Russian ...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 (born 15 July 1981) is a retired Nigerian professional footballer who played as a forward and winger. Odemwingie grew up in Uzbekistan and Russia and began his career with ...more
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Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a retired professional basketball ...more
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Dimitry Vassiliev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
Dimitry Viktorovich Vassiliev (Russian: Дмитрий Викторович Васильев, born 26 December 1979) is a Russian ski jumper who has competed at World Cup level since 1998.
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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Russia
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Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐˈvʲetɕkʲɪn]; born September 17, 1985), often referred to as "Ovi" or "the Great ...more