Famous Gymnasts from Russia

List of notable or famous gymnasts from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top gymnasts born in Russia and even some popular gymnasts who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian gymnasts then this list is the perfect resource for you. These gymnasts are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known gymnast from Russia is included when available.

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This historic gymnasts from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian gymnasts of note?" and "Who are the most famous gymnasts from Russia?" These prominent gymnasts of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian gymnasts.

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  • Aleksandr Balandin
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    Aleksandr Balandin

    Aleksandr Sergeyevich Balandin (Russian: Александр Сергеевич Баландин, born 20 June 1989) is a retired Russian gymnast. He is known for his work on the rings and has three skills named after him on this apparatus. He placed fourth in the rings at the 2012 Olympics.
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Petrozavodsk, Russia
  • Alexander Dityatin
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    Aleksandr Nikolaevich Dityatin (Russian: Александр Николаевич Дитятин, born August 7, 1957) is a retired Soviet/Russian gymnast, three-time Olympic champion, and Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR. Winning eight medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics, he set the record for achieving the most medals of any type at a single Olympic Games. The American swimmer Michael Phelps has now twice equalled this record, at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Dityatin competed for the Leningrad Dinamo sports society.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Alina Makarenko
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    Alina Andreevna Makarenko is a Russian group rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2012 Olympics Group All-around champion, the 2011 World Group All-around silver medalist, 2012 European Group All-around gold medalist and 2010 Youth Olympic Games Group All-around champion.
    • Age: 28
    • Birthplace: Kalmykia, Russia
  • Aliya Nurgayanovna (Nikolayevna) Garaeva (Garayeva) (Tatar: Алия Нургаян кызы Гәрәева; Russian: Алия Нургаяновна Гараева), born 1 January 1988 in Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a retired Azerbaijani individual rhythmic gymnast. She represented Russia (until 2005), and Azerbaijan (2006-2012). She is the 2011 World All-around bronze medalist, a two-time (2010, 2012) European All-around bronze medalist, two time (2007, 2011) Grand Prix Final All-around bronze medalist and five-time Azerbaijanii National champion.
    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • Aliya Farkhatovna Mustafina (Russian: Алия Фархатовна Мустафина [ɐlʲɪˈja fɐrˈxatəvnə mʊˈstafʲɪnə]; Tatar: Алия Фәрһәт кызы Мостафина; born 30 September 1994) is an artistic gymnast from Russia. She is the 2010 world champion in the all-around, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic uneven bars champion, and a seven-time Olympic medalist. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Mustafina won four medals, making her the most decorated gymnast of the competition and the most decorated athlete in any sport except swimming. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first female gymnast since Simona Amânar in 2000 to win an all-around medal in two consecutive Olympics, and the first since Svetlana Khorkina (also in ...more
    • Age: 28
    • Birthplace: Yegoryevsk, Russia
  • Anastasia Bliznyuk

    Anastasia Ilyinichna Bliznyuk is a Russian group rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2012 Olympics Group All-around champion, 2013 World Group All-around bronze medalist, 2012 European Group All-around champion and two time World Cup Final Group All-around champion.
    • Age: 28
    • Birthplace: Ukraine