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Famous Athletes from Ukraine

List of famous athletes from Ukraine, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ukraine 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 Ukrainian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Ukraine 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 Ukraine then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different athletes, like Serhiy Rybalka and Ihor Bazhan.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Ukrainian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Ukraine?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Ukraine in order to get more information about each one.
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    Serhiy Nazarovych Bubka (Ukrainian: Сергій Назарович Бубка, born 4 December 1963) is a Ukrainian former pole vaulter. He represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. Bubka was twice  ...more
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    Valentina Fedjuschina (born 10 February 1965 in Moscow) is a retired Austrian shot putter. She originally competed for Soviet Union and Ukraine, but became an Austrian citizen in 1999 to compete in  ...more
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    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 Evgeni  ...more
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    FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv

    BirthplaceVolgograd, Russia

    NationalityUkraine, Russia


    Yuriy Mykolayovych Kalitvintsev (Ukrainian: Юрій Миколайович Калитвинцев, Russian: Ю́рий Никола́евич Калитвинцев; born 5 May 1968) is a former footballer, Ukraine international who after retiring  ...more
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    Nataliya Rusnachenko (Ukrainian: Наталія Русначенко, born 13 May 1969) is a Ukrainian former handball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1988 Summer Olympics and for Austria in the 1992  ...more
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    Serhiy Viktorovych Kandaurov (Ukrainian: Сергі́й Ві́кторович Кандау́ров; born 2 February 1972) is a Ukrainian retired footballer who played as a midfielder. A Ukrainian international from eight  ...more
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    Viktor Yevhenovych Leonenko (Ukrainian: Ві́ктор Євге́нович Лео́ненко; Russian: Виктор Евгеньевич Леоненко; born 5 October 1969) is a former footballer and Ukraine international who played as a  ...more
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    Alona Volodymyrivna Bondarenko Dyachok (Ukrainian: Альона Володимирівна Бондаренко, born 13 August 1984) is a Ukrainian tennis player. Her younger sister Kateryna Bondarenko also plays on the WTA  ...more
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    Kateryna Bondarenko

    Kateryna Volodymyrivna Bondarenko (Ukrainian: Катерина Володимирівна Бондаренко; born 8 August 1986) is a tennis player from Ukraine and a doubles champion at the 2008 Australian Open. She is the  ...more
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    Tatiana Andreyеvna Volosozhar (Russian: Татья́на Андре́евна Волосожа́р, Ukrainian: Тетяна Андріївна Волосожар; born 22 May 1986) is a Ukrainian-born Russian pair skater. With Maxim Trankov, she is  ...more
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    Vladimir Vladimirovitsch Klitschko (born 25 March 1976) is a Ukrainian former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2017. He held the world heavyweight championship twice, including the WBA  ...more

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    Valentyna Oleksandrivna Semerenko, known also as Valya Semerenko and featuring in statistics as Valj Semerenko is a Ukrainian biathlete.  ...more
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    Lilia Vaygina-Efremova (born April 15, 1977 in Cheboksary, Chuvashia, Soviet Union) is a Russian (until 2002), Belarusian (since 2002 till 2003), and Ukrainian (since 2003) biathlete.  ...more
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    Yana Oleksandrivna Klochkova (Ukrainian: Яна Олександрівна Клочкова; born 7 August 1982 in Simferopol) is a Ukrainian swimmer, who has won five Olympic medals in her career, with four of them being  ...more
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    Nataliya Dobrynska (Ukrainian: Наталя Добринська) (born 29 May 1982 in Yakushyntsi, Vinnytsia Oblast) is a retired Ukrainian heptathlete. She is the 2008 Olympic champion and also holds the  ...more
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    Iryna Oleksiyivna Merleni (Ukrainian: Ірина Олексіївна Мерлені), née Melnyk (Мельник), married name Mykulchyn (Микульчин) (born 8 February 1982) is a Ukrainian wrestler, who competed in the – 48 kg  ...more
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    New York Red Bulls

    BirthplaceKhmelnytskyi, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, United States of America, Israel


    Leonid "Leo" Krupnik (Ukrainian: Леонід Крупнік, Russian: Леонид Крупник, Hebrew: ליאוניד קרופניק‎; born July 15, 1979 in Khmelnytskyi) is a retired Soviet-born American-Israeli soccer player.  ...more
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    PFC CSKA Moscow

    BirthplaceAlupka, Ukraine

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union


    Evgeni Valerievich Aldonin (Russian: Евгений Валерьевич Алдонин; born 22 January 1980) is a former Russian footballer.  ...more
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    FC Dynamo Kyiv

    BirthplaceUzhhorod, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary, Soviet Union


    Yozhef Yozhefovich Sabo (Ukrainian: Йожеф Йожефович Сабо; Hungarian: Szabó József; born 29 February 1940) is a former Soviet football player, Soviet and Ukrainian football manager. He is of Hungarian  ...more
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    Nadiya Didenko is a freestyle skier.  ...more
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    FK Jūrmala


    NationalityUkraine, Latvia


    Marians Pahars (born 5 August 1976) is a Latvian former footballer and manager.He spent most of his career as a striker with Southampton in the Premier League and with Skonto in the Latvian Higher  ...more
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    FC Metalurh Zaporizhya

    BirthplaceDonetsk Oblast, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union


    Taras Mykolayovych Stepanenko (Ukrainian: Тарас Миколайович Степаненко; born 8 August 1989) is a Ukrainian footballer, who is currently playing for FC Shakhtar Donetsk. He started his career at  ...more
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    Oleksiy Oleksandrovych Mykhaylychenko (Ukrainian: Олексій Олександрович Михайличенко; born March 30, 1963) is a Ukrainian football coach and former professional football player. He is a Distinguished  ...more
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    Olena Anatolyevna Antonova (Ukrainian: Олена Анатольевна Антонова; born 16 June 1972) is a Ukrainian former discus thrower. She was born in Nikopol.  ...more
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    Tatiana Yurevna Perebiynis (Ukrainian: Тетяна Юріївна Перебийніс; born 15 December 1982) is a former professional tennis player from Ukraine. She reached the Wimbledon junior girls' singles final in  ...more