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Anastasia Yankova, Thai boxing champion

Anastasia Yankova

Anastasia Yankova, Thai boxing champion

Anastasia Yankova was born on March 1, 1991 in Moscow.
This lovely, sweet girl is a Russian champion in Thai boxing.
Russian journalists often compare Yankova with the American MMA fighter Gina Karana.
Beautiful girl was involved in karate at the age of 7, inspired by the movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee. The girl was a fan of one of the popular TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, as well as she watched videos with Fedor Emelianenko. In her free time, she read a lot and painted.
She studies for the designer of clothes at the International Slavic Institute. By the way, she did not advertise her achievements in sport. Even in her own institute few people realize that she is one of the leaders of female Thai boxing in Russia.
On March 2011 she became the winner of the Cup of Russia in Thai boxing.
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Irina Chaschina

Irina Chaschina - Russian athlete

Irina Chaschina – Russian athlete


Irina Chaschina is a Russian gymnast, Honored Master of Sports, vice-president of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. Actually, Irina won a silver medal at 2004 Olympics. She is a repeated World and European champion in the group and separate all-round events. Outstanding Irina was the World champion in 1999, silver prize winner in all-round events and separate kinds of sport. In addition, she is a bronze prize winner in all-round events and exercises with hula-hoop at World Championship (2003). Chaschina is a member of Russian National Team since 1994.
Beautiful girl was born on April 24, 1982 in Omsk. At the age of six she became engaged in gymnastics and at the age of 12 she became a member of the Russian team. In 1999 famous Irina Viner became Irina’s coach.
After retirement from the big sport Irina worked as a fitness instructor, took part in the TV shows, and even wrote a book Be Yourself.
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Anna Snatkina, actress

Anna Snatkina - Russian actress

Anna Snatkina – Russian actress


Anna Snatkina is a famous Russian theater and film actress, promising singer and sportswoman. Actually, she is known for roles in the series Yesenin (2005), Unexpected Joy (2005), Pushkin. Last Duel (2006), Tatyana’s Day (2007/2008), Secret of the Snow Queen (2013).
Pretty girl was born on July 13, 1983 in Moscow into a family of aircraft manufacturers. Her parents graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI). The father was one of the designers of the aircraft Buran, the mother works in the MAI.
By the way, Anna was engaged in gymnastics at the age of four, and then she did aerobics. Snatkina has the first adult rank in gymnastics. Her parents were sure that she would be a coach. But the girl decided to go the other way. Since childhood she had a dream to become an actress. It was the film The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston which encouraged the girl.
Beautiful girl graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.
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Anna Sidorova, Russian curling player

Anna Sidorova

Anna Sidorova, Russian curling player

Anna Sidorova is a Russian curling player, master of sports of international class, European champion in 2012, seven-time champion of Russia, participant of 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games.
She is known as one of the most beautiful Russian athletes.
The captain of the Russian curling team was born on February 6, 1991 in Moscow. At the age of 6 she was engaged in figure skating. But 13-year-old girl had to leave it after an ankle injury. Not to get bored without sports, she tried to play curling. At first Anna didn’t like it. After harmonized movements and beautiful costumes in figure skating, curling seemed just awful – ridiculous poses, warm shapeless trousers! However, she was a curious girl and decided to try it.
After six weeks Anna became a Candidate for Master of Sport and began to take part in international youth competitions.
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Maria Kirilenko, tennis player

Maria Kirilenko russian tennis player

Maria Kirilenko – Russian tennis player


Maria Kirilenko is a Russian professional tennis player, honored master of sports. Pretty girl is the winner of the WTA Championships in doubles (2012), two-time Grand Slam doubles finalist (Australian Open-2011, Roland Garros-2012), two-time Grand Slam doubles semifinalist (Australian Open-2010, US Open-2011). In addition, she is two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles semifinalist (2008 Wimbledon, Australian Open-2011), 2012 Summer Olympics bronze medalist. What’s more, she is the winner of 18 WTA tournaments (6 – singles), two-time the Federation Cup finalist (2011, 2013).
Beautiful girl was born on January 25, 1987 in Moscow. Her father was very fond of tennis and at the age of 5 Maria began playing it. At first it was just a hobby. To tell the truth, Masha and her father played just for fun. Her main passion was dancing.
When Maria was 12 years old, Honored Master of Sports Elena Bryukhovets noticed her and invited to work together.
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Nastia Liukin – artistic gymnast

Anastasia Liukin gymnast

Nastia Liukin – beautiful gymnast


Nastia Liukin is an American artistic gymnast, 2005 and 2007 world champion, four-time U.S. champion (twice junior), absolute Olympic champion. In addition, she was a silver medalist in team competitions in gymnastics at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Anastasia was born in Moscow on October 30, 1989. She is the only child of well-known Soviet athletes: 1988 Olympic gold medalist Valeri Liukin, the first man to do a triple backflip, and 1987 World Champion, rhythmic gymnast Anna Kotchneva.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, 2,5-year-old Nastya and her parents moved to New Orleans, and then to Texas. Liukin is fluent in English and Russian. You know, Anastasia and her family are members of the Russian Orthodox church.
Cute girl began doing gymnastics after spending time in the gym while her parents coached. Actually, Nastia is coached by her father at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, her family’s gymnastics club in Plano, Texas.
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Maria Verchenova, Russian golfer

Maria Verchenova

Maria Verchenova, Russian golfer

Maria Verchenova is a Russian professional golfer. She is the first Russian woman, who became a full-time member of Ladies European Tour in 2007. By the way, she has several top-10 finishes.
Beautiful girl was born on March 27, 1986 in Moscow. Verchenova studied at the Moscow Ballet School Inspiration from 1992 to 2002. Her father Vitaly Verchenov was interested in golf. In 1998 in Karlovy Vary Maria was engaged in golf too. Her first coach was Carl Skopovi. Now Maria works with Mark Walters.
Later Maria joined the United Federation of golf development. And as an amateur player she won the championships in Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, Austria and became the winner of the Universiade in Turin in 2006. Then Verchenova graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism.
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