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  1. Anna Kournikova

    Anna Kournikova


    Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova (Russian: А́нна Серге́евна Ку́рникова; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search.

  2. Anna Semenovich

    Anna Semenovich


    Anna Grigorievna Semenovich (Russian: А́нна Григо́рьевна Семено́вич, born 1 March 1980) is a Russian singer, actress, model, and former competitive ice dancer.

  3. Maria Kirilenko

    Maria Kirilenko


    Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko-Stepanova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Кириле́нко; born 25 January 1987) is a Russian tennis player and model. Kirilenko won the 2002 U.S. Open Girls' Singles and won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. She has reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 Australian Open the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and the 2013 French Open. In doubles, she has reached two Grand Slam doubles finals, at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, won the 2012 WTA Tour Championships and was a Bronze Medalist at the 2012 London Olympics. In June 2013, Kirilenko reached her career high ranking of World No. 10.

  4. Nastia Liukin

    Nastia Liukin


    Anastasia Valeryevna "Nastia" Liukin (Russian: Анастасия "Настя" Валерьевна Люкин; born October 30, 1989) is a retired Russian-American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. She is also a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. With nine World Championships medals, seven of them individual, Liukin is tied with Shannon Miller and Simone Biles for the second-highest tally of World Championship medals (among U.S. gymnasts). Liukin also tied Miller's record as the American gymnast having won the most medals in a single non-boycotted Olympic Games.

  5. Elena Dementieva

    Elena Dementieva


    Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, born 15 October 1981) is a retired Russian tennis player. Dementieva won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open and reached seven other Grand Slam semi finals. Dementieva was also part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Fed Cup, won the 2002 WTA Championship doubles with Janette Husárová and was the runner-up in two US Open doubles finals – in 2002 with Husárová and in 2005 with Flavia Pennetta. Dementieva achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 3, which was accomplished on 6 April 2009. She announced her retirement on 29 October 2010, after her final match at the 2010 WTA Tour Championships. Dementieva ended her career ranked World No. 9 and between 2003 and 2010 she only ended one year, in 2007, outside the top 10.

  6. Marat Safin

    Marat Safin


    Marat Mubinovich Safin (Russian: Мара́т Муби́нович Са́фин; Tatar: Марат Мөбин улы Сафин, Marat Möbin uğlı Safin; 27 January 1980) is a Russian politician and retired tennis player. Safin won two Grand Slam tournaments and reached the world no. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin is the older brother of former world No. 1 WTA player, Dinara Safina. They are the first and only brother–sister tandem in tennis history who have both achieved no. 1 rankings.

  7. Alexander Ovechkin

    Alexander Ovechkin


    Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин; born September 17, 1985) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for four seasons from 2001 until 2005, and he played for Dynamo again (this time in the Kontinental Hockey League) during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. Ovechkin was the first overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, drafted from Dynamo after three seasons with the club. Since the 2004–05 NHL season was lost because of a lockout, Ovechkin remained with Dynamo for one more season before transferring to the NHL for the 2005–06 season, in which he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies with 106 points.

  8. Maria Verchenova

    Maria Verchenova


    Maria Balikoeva (formerly Verchenova) (Russian: Мари́я Вита́льевна Балико́ева, born 27 March 1986) is a Russian professional golfer. She is the first Russian to become a full-time member of the Ladies European Tour. She has several top-10 finishes.

  9. Ekaterina Ivanova

    Ekaterina Ivanova


    Ekaterina Lopes (née Ivanova, born December 18, 1987) is a professional Russian tennis player.

  10. Tatiana Golovin

    Tatiana Golovin


    Tatiana Golovin (Russian: Татья́на Голови́на, Tatyana Golovina; born 25 January 1988) is a former Russian-born French professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open mixed doubles event with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinal at the 2006 US Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Her highest singles ranking to date is 12. In 2008 she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.

  11. Pavel Bure

    Pavel Bure


    Pavel Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Па́вел Влади́мирович Буре́, born March 31, 1971) is a retired Russian professional ice hockey right winger. Nicknamed "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, Bure played for 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. Trained in the Soviet Union, where he was known as "Pasha", he played three seasons with the Central Red Army team before his NHL career.

  12. Valeri Bure

    Valeri Bure


    Valeri Vladimirovich Bure (Russian: Валерий Владимирович Буре; born June 13, 1974) is a Russian former ice hockey right winger. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, and Dallas Stars. A second round selection of the Canadiens, 33rd overall, at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Bure appeared in one NHL All-Star Game, in 2000. He led the Flames in scoring with 35 goals and 75 points in 1999–2000, a season in which he and brother Pavel combined to set an NHL record for goals by a pair of siblings with 93.

  13. Irina Slutskaya

    Irina Slutskaya


    Irina Eduardovna Slutskaya (Russian: Ири́на Эдуа́рдовна Слу́цкая Irina Eduardovna Slutskaya  (listen) ; born 9 February 1979) is a Russian figure skater. She is a two-time World champion (2002, 2005), two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 2002, bronze in 2006), seven-time European Champion (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006), a four-time Grand Prix Final champion (2000–2002, 2005) and a four-time Russian national champion (2000–2002, 2005). Slutskaya, known for her athletic ability, was the first female skater to land a triple lutz-triple loop combination. She is also known for her trademark double Biellmann spin with a foot change, which she also invented. With her women's record seven-time triumph at the European Championships she is generally considered to be the most successful ladies' singles skater in Russian history.

  14. Fedor Andreev

    Fedor Andreev


    Fedor Vladimirovich Andreev (Russian: Фёдор Владимирович Андреев, born March 2, 1982) is a figure skater with dual Russian and Canadian citizenship. In single skating, he is the 2003 Canadian bronze medalist and the 1999 junior national champion. In 2010, he switched to ice dancing and competed for Russia with partner Jana Khokhlova for one season.

  15. Natalya Sedykh

    Natalya Sedykh


    Natalya Yevgenyevna Sedykh (Russian: Ната́лья Евге́ньевна Седы́х) (born 10 July 1948) is a Russian figure skater, ballet dancer, and film actor.

  16. Ekaterina Gordeeva

    Ekaterina Gordeeva


    Ekaterina "Katia" Alexandrovna Gordeeva (Russian: Екатерина Александровна Гордеева) (born May 28, 1971) is a Russian (former Soviet) figure skater. Together with her partner and husband, the late Sergei Grinkov, she was the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion and four-time World Champion in pair skating. After her husband's death, she continued performing as a singles skater.

  17. Elena Ilinykh

    Elena Ilinykh


    Elena Ruslanovna Ilinykh (Russian: Еле́на Русла́новна Ильины́х; born 25 April 1994) is a Russian ice dancer who currently skates with Ruslan Zhiganshin. They are the 2015 Russian National champions.

  18. Vera Zvonareva

    Vera Zvonareva


    Vera Igorevna Zvonareva (Russian: Ве́ра И́горевна Звонарёва; born 7 September 1984) is a Russian professional tennis player. She was introduced to tennis at the age of six and turned professional in 2000. Her career high is World No. 2 by the WTA. Zvonareva has won twelve WTA Tour singles titles and reached the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships, 2010 Wimbledon Championships, and 2010 US Open. She also was a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In doubles, she has won four Grand Slam titles. Two of the titles came in women's doubles, the first one at the 2006 US Open, partnering Nathalie Dechy, and the other at the 2012 Australian Open, partnering Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her other two came in mixed doubles, the first at the 2004 US Open, partnering Bob Bryan, and her second at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, partnering Andy Ram.

  19. Dinara Safina

    Dinara Safina


    Dinara Mubinovna Safina (Russian: Динара Мубиновна Сафина; Tatar: Динара Мөбин кызы Сафина, Dinara Möbin qızı Safina, born April 27, 1986 in Moscow) is a former World No. 1 Tatar born-Russian professional tennis player.

  20. Anastasia Myskina

    Anastasia Myskina


    Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina (Russian: Анастасия Мыскина; born 8 July 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam main draw singles title. Subsequent to this victory she rose to number 3 on the WTA ranking, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to reach the top three in the history of the rankings. In September 2004 she reached a career high of No.2, but she has not played professional tennis since 2007, and has stated she does not know whether she will return or not. Injury has prevented her from advancing for the past several years.

  21. Maxim Afinogenov

    Maxim Afinogenov


    Maxim Sergeyevich Afinogenov (Russian: Макси́м Серге́евич Афиноге́нов, born September 4, 1979) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for HC Vityaz of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Known for his blistering skating speed, he was drafted by the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Buffalo Sabres in the third round, 69th overall, in 1997 and played nine seasons with the club. He then played one season with the Atlanta Thrashers before signing with SKA St. Petersburg in 2010.

  22. Nikolai Morozov

    Nikolai Morozov


    Nikolai Alexandrovich Morozov (Russian: Николай Александрович Морозов; born 17 December 1975) is a Russian coach and choreographer. He coached Shizuka Arakawa to the 2006 Olympic gold medal and Miki Ando to two World titles. He is a former competitive ice dancer who competed with partner Tatiana Navka for Belarus at the 1998 Winter Olympics, placing 16th, and at the 1998 World Championships, placing 10th. Earlier in his career, he competed with Olga Pershankova for Azerbaijan.

  23. Ilia Kulik

    Ilia Kulik


    Ilia Alexandrovich Kulik (Russian:  Илья Александрович Кулик​ ; (born 23 May 1977) is a Russian figure skater. He is the 1998 Olympic Champion, the 1995 European Champion, the 1997–1998 Grand Prix Final champion, and the 1995 World Junior champion.

  24. Yaroslava Shvedova

    Yaroslava Shvedova


    Yaroslava Vyacheslavovna Shvedova (Russian: Яросла́ва Вячесла́вовна Шве́дова, born 12 September 1987 in Moscow) is a Russian-born Kazakhstani tennis player.

  25. Igor Andreev

    Igor Andreev


    Igor Valeryevich Andreev (Russian: И́горь Вале́рьевич Андре́ев; born 14 July 1983) is a retired Russian professional tennis player, born in Moscow. He won 3 titles, reached the quarter-finals of the 2007 French Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 18 in November 2008.

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