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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 at the Worldlifting tournament in Moscow. And on February 2 she received a diploma and her record appeared in the Russian Book of Records.
By the way, 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 the Tashkent Suvorov Military School. At the age of 12 he started boxing.
In 1955 Valery won the USSR championship among juniors. And 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.
Cute girl 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 pretty 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. You know, she is a five-time Russian champion, world champion, Olympic champion. By the way, 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.
The first coach of the athlete was Yuri Novikov, who noted the considerable achievements of the young skater. And after two years of training he became convinced that she was a very promising sportswoman who would be able to reach the peaks in sports.
At the age of 12 Svetlana managed to win the championship among peers in the competition in Leningrad. She was immediately taken to the school of the Olympic reserve.
From 1988 to 2006 she was a member of the national team of the USSR and Russia in speed skating.
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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.
The boy 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 he lived with Krause, school teacher, alcoholic and many children’s father. One day Krause hanged himself in the attic. His 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 the 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. You know, the man 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. You know, he became a four-time Olympic champion and five-time gold medalist at the World Cup. Recently Alexei has been the editor-in-chief of the Bolshoi Sport magazine.
The boy was born on May 28, 1976 in Mordovia, USSR. When he was three years old, his father left the family. Soon the mother took Alyosha to Togliatti, where he spent his childhood and youth. At the age of 5 he entered the Youth Olympic Reserve at the Volga Automobile Plant. The first coach of the boy was honored coach of Russia Yevgeny Nikolko.
Soon it became clear that Alexei was the future of Russian gymnastics. This was confirmed later by an outstanding sports career.
After school, the young man entered the Togliatti branch of the Samara State Pedagogical University and received a higher education, which later allowed him to take the post of editor-in-chief of the popular publication Bolshoy Sport.
The great victory of Nemov was the first place in the youth championship of the USSR in 1989. The boy was only 13 at the time. This achievement opened great prospects for the young man. Besides, Alexei began to win prizes every year at national and international competitions.
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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. By the way, she is a six-time World Cup winner, 2008 World Mixed Relay bronze medalist, six-time Russian champion. Also Svetlana is a three-time junior world champion, two-time European junior champion, holder of the Order of Friendship and honorary citizen of the city of Khanty-Mansiysk. In 2008 Svetlana received Biathlon Award as Best newcomer of the Year.
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