Known as Olympic champion Russian-American gymnast Nastia Lukin’s father, Soviet gymnast Valeri Liukin has himself won 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the Olympics. Part of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, he became a successful gymnastics coach in the US and also coached the Brazilian national women's gymnastics team.
Born in Russia, Dmitry Tursunov began playing tennis at age 5 and moved to the US at 12 to train as a professional tennis player. Introduced to tennis by his father, a tennis coach, he later achieved a career-high singles ranking of 20. He has also coached renowned players such as Aryna Sabalenka.
Nikolai Morozov is a Russian retired ice dancer, choreographer, and figure skating coach. Morozov represented Belarus at the 1998 Winter Olympics and World Championships. He is credited with coaching Japanese figure skater Shizuka Arakawa at the 2006 Olympics where she won the gold medal. Nikolai Morozov also coached Miki Ando to a couple of world titles.
Currently a popular ice dancing coach, Alexander Zhulin was also a renowned figure skater. Paired with Maya Usova, he not only won bronze and silver in the Olympics, but also several other competitions including the World and the European Championships. Retired in 1994, he now serves as a coach and choreographer. He has also appeared in movies like Muzhchina v moey golove.
Apart from being a FIDE world champion, Russian grandmaster Alexander Khalifman has also been part of the gold medal-winning Olympiad teams of his country. He had begun playing chess at 6 and gained the grandmaster title at age 24. He is now an acclaimed chess trainer and runs a chess academy.
Born in the Soviet Union, Evgeny Bareev initially represented the Soviet and Russia in chess and eventually moved to Canada, representing it in the sport. The former world number 4 was also named a Grandmaster. He also co-wrote the popular book From London to Elista and coached the Russian national team.
Russian-American grandmaster Miron Sher had not just won various tournaments but was also a renowned coach who had groomed top-notch chess players such as world no. 2 grandmaster Fabiano Caruana. He had also attended grad school for physical education. He was married to Woman Grandmaster Alla Grinfeld.