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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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Silver Vilukhina – Biathlon Olympic Medal Winner

Olga Vilukhina

Olga Vilukhina – Biathlon Olympic Medal Winner

Olga Vilukhina is a Russian biathlete, Honored Master of Sports of Russia. You know, she is a bronze medalist of the 2012 World Championship, three-time champion of Russia and silver medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games.
Pretty girl was born on March 22, 1988 in Mezhgorye. Her father Gennady Vilukhin works as an engineer in the construction company, and the mother Olga Vilukhina is an operator in the boiler room. The girl has sister Zlata, who is a software engineer. Olga’s favorite book is Eleven Minutes by Paolo Coelho.
Since 1998, Vilukhina was engaged in cross-country skiing, and in June 2004 the coach advised her to become a biathlete.
World championship among juniors in 2006 in American Presque Isle became the first in Olga’s career. In the individual race, she took only the 28th place, while she took gold in the sprint, bronze in the pursuit race and silver in the relay along with teammates.
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Yulia Lipnitskaya – youngest Olympic Champion

Yulia Lipnitskaya

Yulia Lipnitskaya – youngest Olympic Champion. RIA Novosti

Yulia Lipnitskaya is a Russian figure skater, 2014 Olympic champion, 2014 European champion, 2012 Junior World champion, 2012 Russian Junior Champion, Master of Sports of Russia.
You know, Yulia is the youngest Olympic figure skating champion in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
The girl has an extraordinary flexibility, which allows her to perform some of the most complex rotations in the world.
Pretty girl was born on June 5, 1998 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Her mother brought up her daughter alone, as her father left the family before the baby was born. Yulia began skating at the age of 4 in Yekaterinburg. She was trained by Elena Levkovets and Marina Voitsekhovskaya. In March 2009, due to the lack of opportunities for further growth in Yekaterinburg, the girl moved to Moscow and joined Eter Tutberidze’s group.
She made her debut at the Junior Grand Prix in Poland, became the winner in Italy and was the first in the Grand Prix Final, held in Quebec, Canada.
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Irina Skvortsova – Russian bobsledder

Irina Skvortsova and Vladimir Putin

Irina Skvortsova and Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

Irina Skvortsova was born on July 17, 1988 in Moscow. Since her childhood, she was actively involved in sports, took part in Junior World Championships as a runner. You know, she is a Master of Sports in track and field athletics and bobsleigh.
After graduating from school in 2005 she entered the Moscow State University of Physical Culture, Sport, Youth and Tourism. In 2008 she decided to try her hand in the bobsled and was selected as a part of the Moscow experimental team Sochi- 2014.
However, her career as a bobsledder did not last long. Skvortsova was seriously injured in Germany. She narrowly escaped death in a terrible accident on the track. On November 23, 2009 during a training run, Russian women’s team tipped over in the sled and stopped, after which the Russian men’s team crashed into them from behind at full speed on a bobsleigh track in Koenigssee.
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Alena Savchenko – German skater from USSR

Alena Savchenko

Alena Savchenko – German skater from USSR

Alena Savchenko is a successful figure skater. From 2004 to 2014 she performed for Germany along with Robin Szolkowy. They are 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and 2014 Sochi Olympics bronze medalists, five-time World Champions, four-time European Champions, three-time Grand Prix Final Champions and seven-time German National Champions.
Earlier, Alena performed for Ukraine along with Stanislav Morozov and was the world champion among juniors in 2000.
Since 2015, Savchenko was paired with former French figure skater Bruno Massot. Together with Bruno she is 2018 Olympic champion and 2018 World champion.
In May 2018, she started coaching.
Pretty girl was born on January 19, 1984 in Obukhov, Kiev, USSR. When Alena was three years old, she chose skates as birthday present. Her father, former weightlifter, took her skating on a local frozen lake. In a year she entered figure skating school in Kiev.
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Anfisa Reztsova – first Biathlon Champion

Anfisa Reztsova

Anfisa Reztsova – first Biathlon Champion

Anfisa Reztsova is a former Soviet and Russian biathlete and cross-country skier. You know, she is a two-time Olympic champion in biathlon, Olympic champion in skiing, three-time world champion in cross-country skiing, and two-time winner of the World Cup. By the way, she is the only woman in the world who became Olympic champion in two winter sports – country skiing and biathlon. Reztsova is called the Queen of the Biathlon. In 1987 she became Honored Master of Sports of the USSR.
Anfisa Romanova was born on December 16, 1964 in Vladimir region. The girl has three brothers. The city of Vladimir is known as a center of skiing. In 1984 she won the Junior World Championships.
The girl joined the national team at the 1985 World Ski Championships, held in Seefeld, and won her first gold medal.
In 1985 Anfisa married Leonid Reztsov, biathlete, who also was a member of the national team.
Two years later at the World Championships 1987 in Oberstdorf Anfisa won one gold and two silver medals.
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Beautiful Russian ice hockey players

beautiful ice hockey players

Beautiful Russian ice hockey players

Russian women’s national ice hockey team
Ekaterina Solovyova
Ekaterina comes from Pervouralsk. 8-year-old Katya was engaged in hockey. When she was only 14 years old, she began to live apart from her family. According to Ekaterina, hockey taught her to be independent. She is the bronze medal winner of World Cup 2013. Ekaterina is a very beautiful and charming girl.
“Running shoes are comfortable and good for everyday life. But every athlete wants to be beautiful: sometimes I wear dresses. All depends on my mood”.
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