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.
- 1Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə... more on Wikipedia
- 2Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Фёдор Влади́мирович Емелья́ненко, tr. Fyodor... more on Wikipedia
- 3Alexander Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Александр Владимирович Емельяненко, tr.... more on Wikipedia
- 4Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова, IPA: [ˈannə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə... more on Wikipedia
- 5Oleg Nikolaevich Taktarov (Russian: Оле́г Никола́евич Такта́ров; born 26 August 1967) is a... more on Wikipedia
- 6Igor Yaroslavovych Vovchanchyn (Ukrainian: Ігор Ярославович Вовчанчин; born August 6, 1973) is... more on Wikipedia
- 7Roman Zentsov (Russian: Роман Зенцов, pronounced [rɐˈman zʲɪnˈʐəf]) (born September 10, 1973... more on Wikipedia
- 8Svetlana Yevgenyevna Feofanova (Russian: Светлана Евгеньевна Феофанова; born 16 July 1980) is... more on Wikipedia
- 9Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva (Russian: Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева, IPA: [jɪˈlʲɛnə gɐˈdʐɨjɪvnə... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Position: GoaltenderNikolai Alexandrovich Khabibulin ( (listen); Russian: Николай Александрович Хабибулин, IPA:... more on Wikipedia
- 11Maksim Vladimirovich Tarasov (Russian: Максим Владимирович Тарасов, born 2 December 1970 in... more on Wikipedia
- 12Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich of Russia (Russian: Его Императорское Высочество Великий Князь... more on Wikipedia
- 13Margarita Marbler is a freestyle skier.
- 14Yuko Kavaguti (also: Kawaguchi, Japanese: Kawaguchi Yūko (川口 悠子), Russian: Юко Кавагути, born... more on Wikipedia
- 15Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Чичерова; born 22 July 1982) is a... more on Wikipedia
- 16Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, [jɪˈlʲɛnə... more on Wikipedia
- 17Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva (Russian: Ольга Алексеевна Зайцева; born 16 May 1978) is a former... more on Wikipedia
- 18Natalia Levchenkova is a biathlete.
- 19Oksana (Pasha) Vladimirovna Grishuk (Russian: Оксана (Паша) Владимировна Грищук; born March... more on Wikipedia
- 20Tatiana Borodulina is a short track speed skater.
- 21Olga Valeryevna Medvedtseva (Russian: Ольга Валерьевна Медведцева), former Pyleva (Russian:... more on Wikipedia
Peter OdemwingieFC Lokomotiv Moscow
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Nationality: Nigeria, Russia, Soviet Union, Uzbekistan
Position: Forward, MidfielderPeter Osaze Odemwingie (born 15 July 1981) is a retired Nigerian professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
- 23Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San... more on Wikipedia
- 24Dimitry Viktorovich Vassiliev (Russian: Дмитрий Викторович Васильев, born 26 December 1979) is... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Position: Left WingAlexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr... more on Wikipedia