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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.
  • Maria Sharapova1
    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə...  more

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  • Fedor Emelianenko2
    Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Фёдор Влади́мирович Емелья́ненко, tr. Fyodor...  more

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  • Alexander Emelianenko3
    Alexander Vladimirovich Emelianenko (Russian: Александр Владимирович Емельяненко, tr....  more
  • Anna Kournikova4
    Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова, IPA: [ˈannə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə...  more

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  • Oleg Taktarov5
    Oleg Nikolaevich Taktarov (Russian: Оле́г Никола́евич Такта́ров; born 26 August 1967) is a...  more
  • Igor Vovchanchyn6
    Igor Yaroslavovych Vovchanchyn (Ukrainian: Ігор Ярославович Вовчанчин; born August 6, 1973) is...  more

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  • Roman Zentsov7
    Roman Zentsov (Russian: Роман Зенцов, pronounced [rɐˈman zʲɪnˈʐəf]) (born September 10, 1973...  more
  • Svetlana Feofanova8
    Svetlana Yevgenyevna Feofanova (Russian: Светлана Евгеньевна Феофанова; born 16 July 1980) is...  more
  • Yelena Isinbayeva9
    Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva (Russian: Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева, IPA: [jɪˈlʲɛnə gɐˈdʐɨjɪvnə...  more

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  • Nikolai Khabibulin10

    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Edmonton Oilers

    BirthplaceYekaterinburg, Russia



    Nikolai Alexandrovich Khabibulin ( (listen); Russian: Николай Александрович Хабибулин, IPA:...  more
  • Maksim Tarasov11
    Maksim Vladimirovich Tarasov (Russian: Максим Владимирович Тарасов, born 2 December 1970 in...  more
  • Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia12
    Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich of Russia (Russian: Его Императорское Высочество Великий Князь...  more
  • Margarita  Marbler13
    Margarita Marbler is a freestyle skier....  more
  • Yuko Kavaguti14
    Yuko Kavaguti (also: Kawaguchi, Japanese: Kawaguchi Yūko (川口 悠子), Russian: Юко Кавагути, born...  more
  • Anna Chicherova15
    Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Чичерова; born 22 July 1982) is a...  more
  • Elena Dementieva16
    Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, [jɪˈlʲɛnə...  more

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  • Olga Zaitseva17
    Olga Alekseyevna Zaitseva (Russian: Ольга Алексеевна Зайцева; born 16 May 1978) is a former...  more
  • Natalia Levchenkova18
    Natalia Levchenkova is a biathlete....  more
  • Oksana Grishuk19
    Oksana (Pasha) Vladimirovna Grishuk (Russian: Оксана (Паша) Владимировна Грищук; born March...  more
  • Tatiana Borodulina20
    Tatiana Borodulina is a short track speed skater....  more
  • Olga Pyleva21
    Olga Valeryevna Medvedtseva (Russian: Ольга Валерьевна Медведцева), former Pyleva (Russian:...  more
  • Peter Odemwingie22

    Peter Odemwingie

    FC Lokomotiv Moscow

    BirthplaceTashkent, Uzbekistan

    NationalityNigeria, Russia, Soviet Union, Uzbekistan

    PositionForward, Midfielder

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  • Becky Hammon23
    Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San...  more
  • Dimitry Vassiliev24
    Dimitry Viktorovich Vassiliev (Russian: Дмитрий Викторович Васильев, born 26 December 1979) is...  more
  • Alexander Ovechkin25

    Alexander Ovechkin

    Washington Capitals

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia


    PositionLeft Wing

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