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Maxim Trankov – figure skater

Maxim Trankov

Maxim Trankov – figure skater


Maxim Trankov is a Russian figure skater, Honored Master of Sports of Russia. You know, he is a two-time 2014 Olympic champion, 2013 World Champion, three-time European champion. By the way, he is a four-time champion of Russia together with Tatiana Volosozhar and World Junior Champion together with Maria Mukhortova. Also he is a silver and two-time bronze medalist of the European Championships.
Maxim was born on October 7, 1983 in Perm, Russia. His father was professionally engaged in horseback riding (a Master of Sports of international class) and his mother was a coach.
In autumn 1987 Maxim came to the skating rink. At first he didn’t want to skate, but his parents insisted on a sports career. Children were skating and Maxim was sitting on the bench. In his school years he even wanted to give up skating.
In 1994, Alesya Korchagina became the first partner of the 11-year-old boy. After two years of co-skating the couple broke up. Maxim began to skate with Ksenia Vasilieva. They became the seventh at the Junior Championship. Two years later Trankov skated with Irina Bogomolova.
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Yuri Podladchikov – snowboarder

Yuri Podladchikov

Yuri Podladchikov – snowboarder

Yuri Podladchikov is a Russian-Swiss snowboarder, who has competed since 2000. He won the gold medal in the halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Podladchikov is 2013 World Champion, winner of the 2012 World Snowboarding Championship and 2011 World Championship silver medalist.
One of the world’s best snowboarders was born on September 13, 1988 in Podolsk, Moscow region. In 1992 his parents were offered a job abroad and the family moved to Sweden, then to the Netherlands and finally settled in Zurich, Switzerland. Yuri Podladchikov Sr. is a professor of geophysics in Lausanne.
8-year-old boy was engaged in snowboarding. In 2008 he graduated from the Sports High School Davos. Prior to 2007 Podladchikov played for Russia.
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Olga Graf – speed skater

Olga Graf RIA Novosti

Olga Graf. RIA Novosti

Olga Graf is a Russian speed skater, 2014 Winter Olympics bronze medalist at 3,000 m, two-time Champion of Russia in the team race, Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
Cute girl was born on July 15, 1983 in Omsk, Russia. As a child she was engaged in various sports – karate, Wushu and even played the piano. But eventually in 1995 she devoted herself to skating. She had to work hard to succeed. She even had no time to think about personal life. Olga was noticed by renowned coaches Vladimir Rubin, and then by Andrey Kudinov. They helped her to improve skills and prepared Olga for joining the Russian national team in 2007. And at once Graf became a World Cup participant, but was only 56th at 3000 m.
At the 2011 Russian Championships, she became the second and in 2012 the girl took the third place.
And at the 2013 World Cup in Astana she took the third place in 5000 m speed skating.
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Olga Fatkulina – Russian skater

Olga Fatkulina

Olga Fatkulina – Russian skater


Olga Fatkulina is a Russian long-track speed skater, 2014 Olympics silver medalist, 2013 World Champion, 2013 World Cup bronze medalist. You know, she is Honored Master of Sports of Russia, four-time Champion of Russia, Russian record holder at 1,000 meters.
She competed for Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in the women’s 500 m and 1000 m. In the 2013 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships she won the gold medal in the 1000-meter race.
Pretty girl was born on January 23, 1990 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Olga’s childhood was hard, and she does not like to talk about it. She is an orphan and was brought up by her grandmother. Her mom died in the mid-1990s when Olga was six years old. She took an overdose of drugs, and when the children called an ambulance, it was too late. Olga and her elder brother were brought up by their grandmother. The children didn’t see their father and only then they learned that a few years later he died. It was hard to live with grandmother because she was over strict.
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Most attractive Russian athletes at the Olympics

Most attractive Russian athletes

Most attractive Russian athletes at the Olympics

Most attractive Russian athletes at the Olympics in Sochi
Best of the best athletes represent their countries at the Olympic Games. Here are the most attractive Russian men, who represent the Russian Federation at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. They are not only handsome, but also very talented, strong and of course, sporty.
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Anastasia Kuzmina – Olympic Champion

Anastasia Kuzmina

Anastasia Kuzmina – Olympic Champion. RIA Novosti

Anastasia Kuzmina (nee Shipulina) is a Russian and Slovak biathlete. You know, she is a three-time Olympic champion, three-time silver medalist at the Olympic Games, two-time World Championships medalist and two-time European champion in 2009.
By the way, she won the first gold medal for Slovakia at the Winter Olympic Games in 2010.
At the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi she was the standard-bearer of the Slovak national team. The girl became the best athlete of Slovakia in 2010 and 2014. Also Anastasia was the best biathlete of Slovakia (2009-2014, 2018).
Pretty girl was born on August 28, 1984 in Tyumen, Russia. She and her brother Anton Shipulin entered the sports school of Olympic reserve. Their coach was honored coach of Russia Nadezhda Kovrizhnykh.
15-year-old girl was engaged in biathlon. Sergei Shestov became her coach.
At 2004 Biathlon European Championships in Minsk Anastasia was the best. In the following year she took the first place at the European Championships, held in Novosibirsk. And in 2006 she won the sprint at the European Cup in Austria.
Nastya graduated from the Tyumen Law Institute.
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Alexander Smyshlyaev – Freestyle Mogul Skier

Alexander Smyshlyaev champion

Alexander Smyshlyaev – Freestyle Mogul Skier. RIA Novosti


Alexander Smyshlyaev is a Russian Freestyle Mogul Skier, 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist, Master of Sports of International Class. By the way, he is the World Cup 2015 bronze medalist, 11-time World Cup winner, nine-time champion of Russia.
Many people don’t know what freestyle and mogul are. In general, freestyle is a discipline, spin-off from skiing, originally included freestyle ski ballet, acrobatics and mogul skiing. Mogul skiing is a type of freestyle skiing where skiers display their tricks, jumps and incredible turning abilities on a mogul slope making high-quality, aggressive turns while remaining in the fall line.
Mogul isn’t very popular in Russia. However, Russian athletes show not bad results. At the 1994 Olympics in women’s moguls Elizaveta Kozhevnikova won bronze. But a true legend of the sport was Sergei Schupletsov, who won a silver medal in mogul at the same Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. Schupletsov became one of the trendsetters in the Moguls, brightly performed at the World Cup. Unfortunately, he tragically died in a car crash at the age of 25.
After the success in the early 1990s, Russia had no medals in this discipline for 20 years.
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