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Sergey Nemtsanov – Soviet athlete

Sergey Nemtsanov - Soviet athlete

Sergey Nemtsanov – Soviet athlete


Sergey Nemtsanov is a Soviet athlete, diver, and the master of sports of international class. In 1979 he became a champion of the USSR in diving. In 1974 and 1975 he was a winner of the USSR Youth Championship.
Sergey Vasilievich was born on January 23, 1959 in Leonidovo, Sakhalin Region. He was born into a military family. His father served as a pilot in Hungary. His mother left her son to his grandmother.
Sergey lived and trained in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR in the Dynamo sports society.
He was a participant of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
Sergey Nemtsanov fell in love with an American woman, tried to flee to Canada, but was trapped and returned home despised by everyone. Love broke the Soviet diver.
40 years ago during the Olympics there was a huge international scandal in Montreal.
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Hrant Shahinian – Soviet gymnast

Hrant Shahinian – Soviet gymnast

Hrant Shahinian – Soviet gymnast

Hrant Shahinian was a Soviet gymnast, seven-time champion of the USSR, two-time world champion and Olympic champion, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1952), International Judge (1957), Honored coach of the Armenian SSR (1961), Honored Worker of Physical Culture and Sports of the Armenian SSR (1966).
Hrant Amazaspovich Shahinian was born on July 30, 1923 in Gyulagarak, Armenian SSR. His parents never thought that their son could become an outstanding athlete. They hoped that he would be able to succeed in the music world. From an early age Hrant learned to play the violin. However, the boy wasn’t fascinated by music.
In 1930 his family moved to Yerevan, where he began studying gymnastics. Harutyun Gargaloyan was his coach. In 1939 he became the absolute champion of the USSR among youths.
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Oksana Chusovitina – great gymnast

Oksana Chusovitina – great gymnast

Oksana Chusovitina – great gymnast


Oksana Chusovitina is a Soviet, Uzbek and German gymnast, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1991). In 2013 she began to compete for Uzbekistan. She is the only female gymnast in history who has taken part in six Summer Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). In April 2016 she was selected for the national team of Uzbekistan to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Oksana Alexandrovna Chusovitina was born on June 19, 1975 in Bukhara, Uzbek SSR. She started an international career in 1991 as a member of the national team of the Soviet Union.
Oksana married Bahodir Kurbanov and gave birth to their son Alisher, who was diagnosed with leukemia. The family had to move to Germany. In 2006-2012 Oksana was a part of the national team of Germany. And in 2013 she became a part of the national team of Uzbekistan again.
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Lyudmila Pakhomova – figure skater

Lyudmila Pakhomova – Soviet figure skater

Lyudmila Pakhomova – Soviet figure skater

Lyudmila Pakhomova was a prominent Soviet figure skater, Olympic champion (1976), six-time world champion (1970-1974, 1976) and champion of Europe (1970-1971, 1973-1976), nine-time champion of the USSR (1964-1966, 1969-1971, 1973-1975) in ice dancing (with V.I. Ryzhkin in 1964-1966, with A.G. Gorshkov from 1969), Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1970), Honored coach of the RSFSR (1984). She is the author of the books “The choreography in figure skating”, “Monologue after the applause”, “And the music is forever”.
Lyudmila was born on December 31, 1946 in Moscow. Her mother was a physician, and her father was a General, Hero of the Soviet Union. Her father wanted Lyudmila to become a parachutist.
She began skating at the age of seven at Young Pioneers Stadium in Moscow.
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Alexander Zhirov – Soviet skier

Alexander Zhirov – Soviet skier

Alexander Zhirov – Soviet skier

Alexander Zhirov was a Soviet skier, master of sports of international class, repeated champion of the USSR, winner of 4 World Cup. He specialized in slalom and giant slalom.
Alexander was born on September 12, 1958 in Dedenevo, Moscow region, USSR.
He began downhill skiing in the village Shukolovo, not far from his native village Dedenevo. Valentin Shirokov was his first coach. At the age of 15 Alexander joined CSKA, where his coach was Victor Talyanov. As a part of the USSR national team he was trained by Leonid Tyagachev.
Zhirov made his debut in the World Cup on February 7, 1979 in Oslo and took 23th place.
On January 8, 1980 in the Bavarian Lenggries on the slalom track 21-year-old Soviet newcomer was able to take the second place. Zhirov was ahead of such famous skiers like Ingemar Stenmark, Phil Mare Gustav Tony, Andreas Wenzel.
In February 1980, at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, Alexander took the 9th place in the giant slalom.
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Ekaterina Ivanova – first Soviet climber on Everest

Ekaterina Ivanova – first Soviet climber on Everest

Ekaterina Ivanova – first Soviet climber on Everest


Ekaterina Ivanova was a Soviet and Russian climber, honored master of sports in mountaineering (1990), the first Soviet climber who conquered Everest (1990). Ekaterina was one of the brightest climbers in Russian history. She loved the mountains with all her heart, and they eventually took her life.
Ekaterina Nikolaevna Ivanova (nee – Dorofeeva) was born on April 1, 1962 in Kurchum district of the East Kazakhstan region, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a carpenter on a collective farm in the village Platovo. In 1984 Ekaterina graduated from the Geological Department of the Irkutsk Polytechnic Institute. As a student she was fond of climbing and took part in competitions. Later she worked as a geologist.
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Most beautiful women in the USSR

Tatiana Drubich

Tatiana Drubich


Standards of beauty change over time, but since the Soviet times they didn’t change a lot. Here you’ll see the list of the most beautiful women of the USSR.

Tatiana Drubich
Tatiana Drubich – Natalie Portman of the Soviet cinema, the main muse of film director Sergei Solovyov. In her first film she starred at the age of 12. Despite the success of the film One Hundred Days After Childhood, where Drubich played at the age of 14, she refused to enter the Film Institute and became an endocrinologist. Then she worked as a doctor in the district hospital and had time to act in films. The roles in films by Sergei Solovyov and the thriller 10 Little Indians made her famous.
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