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Famous Athletes from Russia

Updated June 14, 2019 32.5k views2.2k items

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
    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə... more on Wikipedia

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    Fedor Emelianenko
    Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Фёдор Влади́мирович Емелья́ненко, tr. Fyodor... more on Wikipedia
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    Alexander Emelianenko
    Alexander Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Александр Владимирович Емельяненко, tr.... more on Wikipedia
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    Anna Kournikova
    Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова, IPA: [ˈannə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə... more on Wikipedia

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    Oleg Taktarov
    Oleg Nikolaevich Taktarov (Russian: Оле́г Никола́евич Такта́ров; born 26 August 1967) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Igor Vovchanchyn
    Igor Yaroslavovych Vovchanchyn (Ukrainian: Ігор Ярославович Вовчанчин; born August 6, 1973) is... more on Wikipedia

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    Roman Zentsov
    Roman Zentsov (Russian: Роман Зенцов, pronounced [rɐˈman zʲɪnˈʐəf]) (born September 10, 1973... more on Wikipedia
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    Svetlana Feofanova
    Svetlana Yevgenyevna Feofanova (Russian: Светлана Евгеньевна Феофанова; born 16 July 1980) is... more on Wikipedia
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    Yelena Isinbayeva
    Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva (Russian: Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева, IPA: [jɪˈlʲɛnə gɐˈdʐɨjɪvnə... more on Wikipedia

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    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Edmonton Oilers

    BirthplaceYekaterinburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    PositionGoaltender

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    Maksim Tarasov
    Maksim Vladimirovich Tarasov (Russian: Максим Владимирович Тарасов, born 2 December 1970 in... more on Wikipedia
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    Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia
    Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich of Russia (Russian: Его Императорское Высочество Великий Князь... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Margarita  Marbler
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    Yuko Kavaguti
    Yuko Kavaguti (also: Kawaguchi, Japanese: Kawaguchi Yūko (川口 悠子), Russian: Юко Кавагути, born... more on Wikipedia
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    Anna Chicherova
    Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Чичерова; born 22 July 1982) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Elena Dementieva
    Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, [jɪˈlʲɛnə... more on Wikipedia

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    Olga Zaitseva
    Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva (Russian: Ольга Алексеевна Зайцева; born 16 May 1978) is a former... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Natalia Levchenkova
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    Oksana Grishuk
    Oksana (Pasha) Vladimirovna Grishuk (Russian: Оксана (Паша) Владимировна Грищук; born March... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Tatiana Borodulina
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    Olga Pyleva
    Olga Valeryevna Medvedtseva (Russian: Ольга Валерьевна Медведцева), former Pyleva (Russian:... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Peter Odemwingie

    Peter Odemwingie

    FC Lokomotiv Moscow

    BirthplaceTashkent, Uzbekistan

    NationalityNigeria, Russia, Soviet Union, Uzbekistan

    PositionForward, Midfielder

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    Becky Hammon
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    Dimitry Vassiliev
    Dimitry Viktorovich Vassiliev (Russian: Дмитрий Викторович Васильев, born 26 December 1979) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Alexander Ovechkin

    Alexander Ovechkin

    Washington Capitals

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    PositionLeft Wing

    Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr... more on Wikipedia

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