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Beautiful Russian Rugby Players

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Women’s rugby

Women’s rugby in the USSR and Russia began to develop in 1989, 30 years later than in England and other countries.
In 1989, two women’s teams were established: Victoria (Moscow) coached by V. Semenov and I. Kogan, consisting primarily of athletes and Kommunalshik (Barnaul) coached by V. Kobzev, consisting of field hockey players.
In 2004, Women’s Rugby Committee was formed and headed by Irina Muravyova.
Sports schools, developing women’s rugby, located in Novokuznetsk, Prokopyevsk (Kemerovo region), Rostov-on-Don, Moscow and Moscow region.
Let’s have a look at the most beautiful Russian rugby players.
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Ukrainian Sportsmen moved to Russia

Nikolai Kuksenkov

Nikolai Kuksenkov

Nikolai Kuksenkov is a Russian gymnast now. Nikolai was born on June 2, 1989 in Kiev, USSR. He is an absolute European champion among juniors, 2011 European championship bronze medalist, 2011 Summer Universiade silver medalist, multiple champion of Ukraine. In 2012 he participated in the Summer Olympic Games in London, where he took the fourth place.
On November 12, 2012 Kuksenkov announced that he was going to change citizenship to play for Russia. At the 2013 Universiade in Kazan Nikolai played for the Russian national team.
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Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater

Alexander Smirnov - Russian figure skater

Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater

Alexander Smirnov is a Russian figure skater. His partner is Yuko Kawaguchi, a Russian figure skater of Japanese origin.
They are champions of Europe (2010), three-time champions of Russia (2008 – 2010) and two-time world bronze medalists (2009 and 2010). The pair occupied 30th place in the International Skating Union (ISU) ranking in July 2014. Smirnov is Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
Alexander was born on October 11, 1984 in Tver. The boy began skating at the age of four. In 2001 Alexander moved to St. Petersburg, where Lyudmila Smirnova became his coach, and then he was coached by Nikolai Velikov.
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Russians in Guinness Book of World Records

Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records

The first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was published on August 27, 1955. It contains a collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. It is the best-selling book of all time and one of the most frequently stolen books from public libraries in the US.
There are also Russian people in the Book. Let’s have a look at them and their achievements.
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Pavel Bure – Russian Rocket

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Pavel Bure – Russian ice hockey player

Pavel Bure is a talented Soviet and Russian hockey player, who has become a true legend of the Russian hockey, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1990). For his speed Bure was nicknamed Russian Rocket.
Pavel was born on March 31, 1971 in Moscow. The boy was born in the family of famous swimmer Vladimir Bure, four time Olympic medalist and 17 time champion of the USSR. Pavel is the grandson of the famous swimming coach Valery Bure, brother of another famous hockey player Valery Bure, and descendant of the founder of the famous watch company Pavel Bure.
Pavel began playing hockey at the age of 6.
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Most famous women – record holders

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Most famous Russian women – record holders

They became world famous and Russia is proud of them.

Valentina Grizodubova (April 27, 1909, Kharkov – April 28, 1993, Moscow) was a Soviet pilot, the participant of the Great Patriotic War, the first woman awarded Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of Socialist Labor titles. For the first time Valentina rose up into the sky at the age of 2.5 on an airplane, which was made by her father, who was an inventor.
In October 1937, Grizodubova set 5 world records on light airplanes. And in September 1938 together with aviators Polina Osipenko and Marina Raskova made a nonstop flight from Moscow to the Far East. It was the International Women’s distance record flight of 6540 km in 26 hours 29 minutes. During World War II the aviator only in May 1943 made 200 combat flights (132 of them at night).
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Alexander Alekhine – undefeated World Chess Champion

Alexander Alekhin

Alexander Alekhine – undefeated World Chess Champion

Death sentence in Odessa, chess matches with the Nazis, the mysterious death.
Let’s remember Alexander Alekhine – multiple winner of various international tournaments, fourth World Chess Champion, the only world champion who died undefeated.
The unique chess player managed to play for France and during the Second World War he managed to compete with the Nazis in informal competitions in the occupied territories.
Man of the world – so you can say about many of today’s athletes. They constantly have to travel, they live in countries where they feel more comfortable and they can choose any place on the planet for training.
However, in the Soviet Union it was extremely difficult to move abroad.
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