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Category Archive: Sport

Maryana Naumova – Princess of barbell

Maryana Naumova – Princess of barbell

Maryana Naumova – Princess of barbell

16-year-old Maryana Naumova from Khimki has broken 20 world Powerlifting records. After her performance in summer 2010 at the Black Sea Cup in Odessa, Ukraine Komsomolskaya Pravda called her Ant Girl. And after her performance at the Worldlifting tournament some media began to call her Princess of the Barbell.
Maryana is a Russian athlete, Master of Sports of Russia International Class, Honored Master of Sports, the absolute world record holder in 2010-2013. Her coach is Vyacheslav Solovyov.
The girl was born on April 22, 1999 in Novgorod Oblast. In December 2009 she was engaged in weightlifting (barbell bench press). On December 19, 2010 11-year-old Maryana lifted 60 kg barbell the Worldlifting tournament in Moscow. On February 2 she received a diploma and her record appeared in the Russian Book of Records.
Maryana was the first girl in Europe under 18 who took part in the professional Powerlifting tournament.
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Valery Popenchenko – Russian Rocky

Valery Popenchenko – Russian Rocky

Valery Popenchenko – Russian Rocky

Valery Popenchenko was a legendary Soviet boxer, 1964 Olympic champion, the two-time European champion (1963, 1965), six-time champion of the USSR (1960-1965), Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1964). He was the only Soviet boxer – Val Barker Trophy winner. Sylvester Stallone borrowed his training techniques for the movie Rocky.
Valery was born on August 26, 1937 in Kuntsevo into the family of a military pilot. His father died during the Great Patriotic War when the boy was five years old. Valery studied at Tashkent Suvorov Military School. At the age of 12 he started boxing.
In 1955 Valery won the USSR championship among juniors. In the same year, after graduating from college with honors, he moved to Leningrad, where he was coached by Gregory Kusikyants.
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Yulia Vins – Muscle Barbie

Yulia Vins – Muscle Barbie

Yulia Vins – Muscle Barbie

Yulia Vins, 18-year-old Russian girl, has become a world-renowned powerlifter.
Yulia was born on May 21, 1996 in Engels, Saratov Oblast, Russia. You could see her photos on the Internet. The girl with angelic face looks like a doll. Yulia studied music, participated in various school competitions and was skilled at art.
One day the cute girl became interested in … powerlifting. Yulia has wonderful huge eyes, curly hair, plump lips and fair skin. And the 18-year-old girl has a very strong body.
Just imagine you put Barbie’s head on Ken’s body. The result is: a doll – jock with beautiful head, strong arms and legs, and heroic back.
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Svetlana Zhurova – Russian skater

Svetlana Zhurova - Russian skater

Svetlana Zhurova – Russian skater

Svetlana Zhurova is a Soviet and Russian skater, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (1996), deputy of the State Duma, five-time Russian champion, world champion, Olympic champion (in 2006 she was one of the three Olympic champions in speed skating in the history of Russia, along with Svetlana Bazhanova and Alexander Golubev).
The future champion was born on January 7, 1972 in Leningrad Region (now St Petersburg), Russia. Since childhood Svetlana was fond of figure skating but there was small choice of sports clubs in her hometown. So she was actively involved in speed skating.
From 1988 to 2006 she was a member of the national team of the USSR and Russia in speed skating.
In 1984 Svetlana won her first medal at the championship of Leningrad among young girls.
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Sergey Utochkin – Russian Superman

Sergey Utochkin

Sergey Utochkin

Best cyclist of the Russian Empire, a pioneer of aeronautics, yachtsman, boxer and footballer. Sergey Utochkin was a real Russian superman. His life was bright, but tragic.
Sergey was born on July 12, 1876 into a family of Odessa merchant. His parents passed away, so the boy was raised up by foster carers. For some time the boy lived with Krause, school teacher, alcoholic and many children’s father. One day Krause hanged himself in the attic. Wife found a dead husband went mad with grief. She stabbed her own children. Utochkin was saved by a miracle. Obviously, that’s why Sergey was interested in extreme sports and put himself in mortal danger.
At the age of 15 Sergey left Commercial College and decided to become an athlete. He began his career with cycling. For more than 15 years he remained unbeaten Russian cyclist. He became the champion of European competitions and constantly tried to expand the boundaries of what’s possible. He ran a race with the tram, competed with a racehorse, dived, did martial arts, skydove and became one of the most famous pilots of Tsarist Russia.
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Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast

Alexei Nemov gymnast

Alexei Nemov – outstanding Russian gymnast


Alexei Nemov is one of the most celebrated Russian gymnasts, 4-time Olympic champion, editor-in-chief of The Great Sport magazine.
Alexei was born on May 28, 1976 in Mordovia, USSR. At the age of five the boy was engaged in gymnastics. In 1983, Evgeniy Nikolko, master of sports and honored coach of Russia, became his coach.
Nemov earned his first victory in 1989 at the USSR Youth Championship. After a successful start, he began to achieve outstanding results almost every year.
In 1990, Alexei won in several individual events at the Games for young students of the USSR.
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Beautiful Russian Biathletes

Beautiful Russian Biathletes

Beautiful Russian Biathletes


They are not only fast runners and perfect shooters, but also very beautiful girls. Let’s have a look at beautiful Russian biathletes.

Svetlana Sleptsova (July 31, 1986, Khanty-Mansiysk) is a 2010 Olympic champion, 2009 World champion, Honored Master of Sports of Russia, six-time World Cup winner, 2008 World Mixed Relay bronze medalist, six-time Russian champion, three-time junior world champion, two-time European junior champion, holder of the Order of Friendship, honorary citizen of the city of Khanty-Mansiysk. In 2008 Svetlana received Biathlon Award as Best newcomer of the Year.
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