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Alexander Nevsky – Russian actor, writer

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky – Russian actor, writer


Alexander Nevsky is a bodybuilder, screenwriter, producer, writer and actor. You know, he has become the first successful Russian writer, producer and actor in Hollywood (thanks to his roles in Moscow Heat and Treasure Raiders).
Sasha Kuritsyn (his real name) was born on July 17, 1971 in Moscow. The boy began to do sports in 1986. He was an amateur boxer from 1986 to 1992, practiced different martial arts and attended master-classes by Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal. Later Alexander was engaged in bodybuilding and became medalist in Moscow. By the way, he was awarded by the Association of natural bodybuilding for the fight against steroids and was a judge at the World Cup Natural Olympia (1999).
However, Nevsky’s statements were challenged by the functionaries of the Federation of Bodybuilding and leading Russian bodybuilders (including Sergey Shelestov), who stated that they had never heard of the athlete with the same name.
In 1994 Nevsky graduated from the State Academy of Management in Moscow.
At the age of 25 Alexander changed his surname to Nevsky.
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Yulia Efimova, Russian swimmer

Yulia Efimova

Yulia Efimova, Russian swimmer


Yulia Efimova is a Russian swimmer, five-time world champion, three-time European champion, Honored Master of Sports. You know, she competed for Russia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics. By the way, her victory in Rome in 2009 was the first victory in the pool for Russian women’s swimming at the world championships.
Pretty girl was born on April 3, 1992 in Grozny, Chechnya. Her grandparents met there and gave birth to their son Andrei, who became a father of the future champion. Andrei and his family moved from Chechnya, when the war began. Yulia was only two years old when she came to Volgodonsk.
But no matter where Yulia was born and grew up, she would certainly become an athlete, because she was born into a sporty family. Her grandmother cycled and even took part in the national championships, her father worked in the swimming pool and often took the daughter with him. The father became Yulia’s first coach. 13-year-old Yulia moved to Taganrog, where she was trained by the honored coach of Russia Irina Vyatchanina. In March 2011, the swimmer went to the US, where David Salo became her coach.
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Anna Petrakova – Russian basketball player

Anna Petrakova

Anna Petrakova – Russian basketball player

Anna Petrakova is a Russian professional basketball player, Master of Sports of Russia. She has competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. You know, she is a four-time champion of Russia, winner of three Russian Cups, two-time European champion.
Pretty girl was born on December 4, 1984 in Budapest, Hungary. Her father is a tenfold champion of the USSR.
Her first coach was A. K. Orekhov, and the first professional team was Gloria.
In summer 2001, Anna went to the USA. There she studied at the University of Louisiana and played in the University basketball team. In 2006 Anna returned to Russia and became a player of Kazan NUR.
From the 2007/08 to the 2008/09 season she was a Spartak player from the Moscow region, but Anna twice went to Vologda-Chevakat and CSKA. After the disbanding of the women’s CSKA Moscow in 2009, she played for Spartak from St. Petersburg and again in Vologda-Chevakat. In the summer of 2011, she signed a contract with Dynamo Kursk. On May 31, 2012 the girl joined the UMMC (Yekaterinburg). During the 2014-2015 season she played for Dynamo Moscow, and then returned to UMMC.
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Evgeni Plushenko, prominent Russian figure skater

Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko, prominent Russian figure skater


Evgeni Plushenko is the brightest figure skater, the champion of Russia, Europe and the world, who has collected a huge number of awards. You know, he is Honored Master of Sports of Russia, two-time Olympic champion and winner of two silver Olympic medals. By the way, he is three-time world champion, seven-time European champion and ten-time Russian Champion. Actually, he shares the record for the number of Olympic awards in figure skating with Jillis Grafström.
The boy was born on November 3, 1982 in Solnechny, Khabarovsk region. In the small taiga town his parents participated in the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. Evgeni started skating at the age of four when his mother sent him to figure skating classes to strengthen his poor health. Later the family moved to Volgograd. When his skating rink was closed Evgeni moved to St. Petersburg to continue training. 11-years-old boy had to face difficulties during his first years far from home, living alone in a communal flat. The boy trained with Alexei Yagudin.
At the age of 14 Evgeni won the 1997 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, in Seoul, South Korea.
At the 1998 World Championships Plushenko took only the third place and his close friend Yagudin managed to win a gold medal.
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Alexandra Patskevich, synchronized swimmer

Alexandra Patskevich, synchronized swimmer

Alexandra Patskevich, synchronized swimmer


Alexandra Patskevich is a Russian synchronized swimmer. You know, she is a two-time Olympic champion (2012 and 2016), 13-time world champion and two-time European champion.
Pretty girl was born on November 4, 1988 in Moscow.
In Andorra la Vella (Andorra) Alexandra together with her friends won the team competition at the final of the European Cup Championship in synchronized swimming.
In 2009, the athlete as a part of the Russian team in synchronized swimming became a two-time World Champion. Together with Anzhelika Timanina, Anna Nasekina, Daria Korobova, Alla Shishkina, Victoria Shestakovich, Elizaveta Stepanova and Sophia Volkova, Alexandra was the first in the technical program. And then along with Anastasia Davydova, Natalia Ishchenko, Anzhelika Timanina, Anna Nasekina, Daria Korobova, Svetlana Romashina, and Alla Shishkina, Alexandra was the first in the creative program.
In 2010 at the European Championships in Budapest Alexandra won two gold medals – in the group competition and in the combination.
On April 5, 2010 the girl became Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
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Evgeni Malkin, ice hockey player

Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin, ice hockey player


Evgeni Malkin (Geno) is a Russian professional ice hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). On June 20, 2012, Malkin was named the Hart Memorial Trophy winner as the league’s MVP, for the 2011-12 season.
The boy was born on July 31, 1986. His father was a defenseman for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. His brother was also in Magnitogorsk’s hockey system. Evgeni, according to his father, used to sleep with a hockey stick in his bed.
Little Zhenya began skating at the age of three. Experts refused to take Malkin to the Ural region youth team, they didn’t see his athletic potential.
At age 17 he made his debut in the championship of Russia and by the end of the season was recognized as the best rookie.
18-year-old Malkin first became champion at World Junior Championships.
In the Russian national team, he became silver and two-time bronze medalist. And in 2012 he became the champion of the world.
You know, Malkin’s debut game in the NHL was on October 19, 2006.
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Dima Nosov, Russian sportsman

Dima Nosov

Dima Nosov, Russian sportsman

Dmitriy Nosov is one of the most popular sportsmen in Russia. He is a famous Russian judoka, Honored Master of Sports in Judo, Master of Sports in Sambo. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens he won a bronze medal in Judo. Now Dmitriy is a politician, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. By the way, he is a founder of the martial arts school and the All-Russian public movement against drug abuse and alcoholism AntiDiler (2015).
The boy was born on April 9, 1980 in a military town Chita-46, USSR. In 1987 his family moved to Leningrad and three years later to Moscow. Then, in 1991, Dmitriy entered legendary school Sambo-70, where the future Olympic medalist studied until 1997.
In 1996 Dmitriy received a serious injury and was not involved in the competitions. But from 1997 to 2006 he had won prizes and Championships in Russia, Europe and the World.
In 2003, Nosov graduated from the Russian State Academy of Physical Culture and Sport. From 2004 to 2006 he was a Vice-President of the nonprofit partnership MP Blackbird – Russian Children are educated and healthy.
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