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Famous Russian Sambo Wrestlers

Sambo wrestlers

Famous Russian Sambo Wrestlers

Sambo wrestlers around the world celebrate the birthday of their sport on November 16.
I’d like to present the most famous Russian champions in “self-defense without weapons”.
Sambo, a kind of martial arts, was developed in the USSR. The official date of its birth is considered to be November 16, 1938, when the USSR All-Union Sports Committee recognized Sambo as an official sport. Its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. The pioneers of Sambo were Viktor Spiridonov and Vasili Oshchepkov.
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Yuri Vlasov – legend of sport

Yury Vlasov

Yuri Vlasov – legend of sport


Yuri Vlasov is a unique person. He is a military engineer, World Record holder and Olympic champion, writer and historian, politician. By the way, he is one of the greatest heroes in the history of the planet. Real Russian bogatyr, who was able to set 31 World Records during his career.
The boy was born on December 5, 1935 in Makeyevka, Donetsk region.
About his father Peter, who had reached a rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR, Vlasov wrote in his book Special Region of China. Thanks to his father Yuri is fluent in Chinese. The boy was interested in reading and wanted to become a diplomat, like his father.
Vlasov studied at the Saratov Suvorov Military School, and was good at skiing and ice skating.
In 1953, after school Yuri left Saratov and entered the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy in Moscow. There he became interested in weightlifting. Vlasov began to train hard.
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Russian athletes at Winter Olympics in Sochi

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Russian athletes at Winter Olympics in Sochi

White hopes. Russian athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
It was announced that the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be held on February 7, 2014.
Now no one can name all athletes who will participate in Sochi. We are going to name only the brightest Russians, who will take part in the Winter Olympics.
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Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov


Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are very successful figure skaters. They won gold at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy. You know, at the 2013 Skate America they showed the best result in the world pair skating history – 237.71 points – it’s a World Record! For free program they chose music from the rock opera Jesus Christ – Superstar: Maxim performed as Christ and Tatiana as Mary Magdalene. Many figure skaters chose music of the great Russian composers for their performances and the couple Volosozhar – Trankov chose the Englishman Andrew Webber.
Maxim and Tatiana are two-time 2014 Olympic champions, champions of the world (2013). By the way, they are two-time silver medalists of the world championships (2011, 2012), four-time European champions (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) and three-time champions of Russia (2011, 2013, 2016).
In January 2017, the pair was the 22nd in the rating of the International Skating Union (ISU).
The official debut of the pair at Russian competitions took place in October 2010 at the third stage of the Russian Cup in Perm. And they won it.
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Lev Yashin – best goalkeeper

Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin – best goalkeeper


Lev Yashin was the famous Soviet football player, European and Olympic Champion. By the way, he was the best goalkeeper of the XX century. Yashin had played 207 games in which he did not miss a single ball. You know, Yashin was the first Soviet player to receive the most prestigious Golden Ball award. To tell the truth, he is still the only goalkeeper to receive this honorary sports award. Talented man became a legend of world sports.
Worldwide, Yashin was called Black Panther – for his black goalkeeper uniform, agility and acrobatic jumping, Black Spider or Black Octopus – for his long hands.
Lev was born on October 22, 1929 in Moscow into the working class family. In 1941, when World War II began, the boy and his parents moved to Ulyanovsk and in 1944 they returned to Moscow. He worked at the factory and played football in his free time.
Professional coaches drew their attention to the promising young man when he served in the army. Yashin chose the Moscow club Dynamo and became the goalkeeper of the youth team.
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Julia Gunthel – Goddess of Flexibility

Julia Gunthel

Julia Gunthel – Goddess of Flexibility


Julia Gunthel is the most flexible woman in the world, gymnast, model and actress. The girl is also known as Zlata. By the way, she is a two time Guinness World Record holder. You know, Julia is the tallest rubber woman (176 cm).
On November 23, 2007 the girl burst three balloons with her back for 12 seconds! Moreover, she is able to open the bottles with her feet, standing on the hands.
Awesome girl was born in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia. When she was four years old her unique abilities were discovered in the kindergarten. At the age of six little girl joined the circus studio in her native city. For the first time Julia performed when she was 10.
Her family moved to Leipzig, Germany, when she was 16 years old.
To tell the truth, Julia has to train very hard to keep her muscles in shape and to be as flexible as possible. At the same time, the incredible girl admits that it is natural for her to bend her body so much, she feels discomfort only when she has to remain bent for a long time, for example, for a photo session. Every day she spends 5 hours training!
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Alexey Voyevoda – armwrestler and bodsledder

Alexey Voyevoda

Alexey Voyevoda – armwrestler and bodsledder


Alexey Voyevoda is a Russian bobsledder and a professional arm wrestler, Honored Master of Sports in armwrestling (2004) and Bobsleigh (2006). Also he is a candidate for master of sports in judo. By the way, Alexey is a vegetarian.
Voyevoda won silver in the four-man bobsleigh event with Filipp Egorov, Alexei Seliverstov, and Alexandre Zoubkov at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Later he won a bronze medal in the two-man event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Voyevoda won a bronze medal in the two-man event and became World Champion in 2011 in the two-man event.
The boy was born on May 9, 1980 in Sochi. At the age of 6 Alexey was engaged in karate. In his childhood Voyevoda spent summer holidays in the Ukraine in the village Kalinovitsa at grandpa’s house. There he helped on the farm.
Voyevoda graduated from the Sochi State University of Tourism and Recreation. His dream was to enter the Higher Police School in Rostov-on-Don (it was one of the most prestigious universities), but … he didn’t pass Physical Education exam.
He worked for a security firm and was a cash collector.
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