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Ekaterina Bobrova, Russian ice dancer

Bobrova – Soloviev

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev won gold at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi


Ekaterina Bobrova is a Russian ice dancer. Together with her partner Dmitri Soloviev, she is the 2014 Olympic champion in the team competition and 2013 European champion. By the way, they are three-time European Championships silver medalists (2011, 2012, 2018), seven-time champions of Russia and 2007 World Junior champions. Also they were gold medalists at two Grand Prix events, the 2010 Cup of Russia and 2011 Cup of China. Moreover, they are two-time bronze medalists of European championships 2016 and 2017. Ekaterina is Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
On October 22, 2017 the pair Bobrova-Soloviev was the 1st in the rating of the International Skating Union (ISU).
Pretty girl was born on March 28, 1990 in Moscow. Her mother was a member of the USSR national team in athletics, the father was engaged in skiing, and her sister in acrobatic rock and roll. At the age of 4 Ekaterina began skating.
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Olga Kaniskina, Russian race walker

Olga Kaniskina, Russian race walker

Olga Kaniskina, Russian race walker


Olga Kaniskina is a Russian race walker. She won the silver medal in the 20 km walk at the 2006 European Championships and gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. By the way, she is a three-time World Champion, having won at the 2007 World Championships, 2009 World Championships and 2011 World Championships. Also she won the 20 km walk at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, setting a Championship record of 1:25:42.
Pretty girl was born on January 19, 1985 in the Soviet Union. When Olga was 8 years old, her mother died. The girl participated in numerous youth regional and national competitions. By the age of 18 she already had the title of Master of Sports.
She graduated from the Mordovia State University, Mathematics Department.
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Vera Dushevina, tennis player

Vera Dushevina, tennis player

Vera Dushevina, tennis player


Vera Dushevina is a Russian professional female tennis player, Honored Master of Sports of Russia. She is a semifinalist of two Grand Slam mixed doubles (Wimbledon 2013, 2014). In addition, she is the winner of three WTA tournaments (one – in singles) and Federation Cup winner (2005) in the national team of Russia. By the way, she is the former first racket of the world in the junior singles rankings and winner of the junior Grand Slam singles titles (Wimbledon 2002). Also Vera is the finalist of the junior Grand Slam singles titles (Roland Garros-2003). Moreover, she is a semifinalist of the Junior Grand Slam singles titles (Roland Garros-2002) and a single winner of Orange Bowl tournament (2002).
The girl was born on October 6, 1986 in Moscow. She is one of two daughters of Yevgeny and Elena Dushevina; her sister’s name is Sonia.
Dushevina began playing tennis at the age of seven. Her first coach was her father Yevgeny.
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Marina Anisina, ice dancer

Marina Anisina

Marina Anisina, ice dancer


Marina Anisina is a talented figure skater, well known in Russia and France. Together with her partner Gwendal Peizerat, she became the 2000 World Champion and 2002 Olympic Champion.
Pretty girl was born on August 30, 1975 in Moscow into a family of known figure skater Irina Chernyaeva and hockey player Vyacheslav Anisin. Her younger brother Mikhail is also a hockey player. Little girl began skating at the age of four.
At the beginning of her career Marina was paired with Ilya Averbukh. They won gold medals at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1990 and 1992 representing the Soviet Union. But their partnership ended in 1992. Averbukh decided to skate with Irina Lobacheva, because he had fallen in love with her. Then Anisina skated with Sergei Sakhnovski. But Sakhnovsky moved to Israel, where he became Galit Chait’s partner. So, Anisina had to train alone for a while, because there wasn’t any right partner for her in Russia.
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Ekaterina Seliverstova, Russian swimmer

Ekaterina Seliverstova, Russian swimmer

Ekaterina Seliverstova, Russian swimmer

Ekaterina Seliverstova was born on March 17, 1984 in Moscow, USSR.
Katya is a Russian swimmer, two-time European champion at the five-kilometer race (2006 and 2010), three-time world vice-champion, multiple champion of Russia, honored Master of Sports of Russia.
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Catharine A Gerboldt, figure skater

Catharine A Gerboldt

Catharine A Gerboldt, figure skater

Beautiful Russian figure skater Catharine A Gerboldt was born on March 28, 1989 in St. Petersburg. At the age of six the girl became engaged in figure skating. The parents named their daughter after the legendary German figure skater Katarina Witt. They wanted their baby girl to become a sportswoman.
Catharine is a Russian pair skater. Previously, she competed as a single skater. Pretty girl is a bronze medalist of Russia (2009), champion of Russia among juniors (2008), bronze medalist of the stage junior Grand Prix (2008). Also she is a silver medalist of Russian Championship among juniors (2006). From spring 2010 to 2014 she performed in pair skating with partner Alexander Enbert. By the way, she is Master of Sports of Russia of international class. Gerboldt completed her career in 2015.
Catharine was coached by Tatiana Mishina and Alexei Mishin in Saint Petersburg. But in 2009 she moved to CSKA Moscow and began working with Svetlana Sokolovskaya.
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Elena Vesnina, tennis player

Elena Vesnina, tennis player

Elena Vesnina, tennis player

Elena Vesnina is a Russian professional tennis player, Honored Master of Sports. In 2016 Elena and Ekaterina Makarova became Olympic champions. Also Vesnina is the winner of three Grand Slam doubles titles (Roland Garros-2013, US Open-2014, Wimbledon-2017) and one mixed-event tournament (Australian Open-2016). In addition, she is a 10-time Grand Slam finalist (7 – in the women’s doubles and 3 – mixed doubles) and the winner of the WTA Final tournament (2016) in doubles. You know, she is the winner of 21 WTA tournaments (three of them singles) and the third racket of the world in doubles. Awesome girl is a two-time winner of the Federation Cup (2007-08) as a part of the Russian national team.
Pretty girl was born on August 1, 1986 in Lvov, the USSR. Her mother Irina Vesnina was born in Sochi. Irina was engaged in athletics, but due to an injury she had to give up sports. So, Irina went to Kiev, where she met Sergey Vesnin, Elena’s father. He was engaged in the Greece-Roman wrestling. Elena has a younger brother – Dmitry. By the way, Dmitry also tried himself at professional tennis and now he works as a tennis coach.
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