List of popular Russian Olympic athletes, listed alphabetically with photos of the athletes when available. Famous Olympians from Russia have achieved some of the highest honors in sports and Olympic history, as even being chosen to represent your country at the Olympics is something that most athletes will never get to experience. These competitors are the most prominent people from Russia who have competed in the Olympics. Russia has a long, proud history of competing in the Olympic games, and without these fierce athletes they never would have won any medals. The list you're viewing contains athletes like Irina Gashennikova and Aleskandr Smyshlyaev.This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Russian Olympic athletes?" and "Who is the greatest Russian Olympian of all time?"