Famous Russian Coaches

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Alexander Godunov
(American Ballet Dancer, Actor and Member of the ‘Bolshoi Ballet’)
Alexander Godunov
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Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sakhalin, Russia
Died: May 18, 1995
Russian ballet dancer Alexander Godunov was part of the Bolshoi Ballet. He defected to the U.S. in 1979, causing significant U.S.-Soviet tension. He had also appeared in many films, such as Anna Karenina and Die Hard. His final days were marked by alcoholism, which also eventually caused his death.
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Becky Hammon
(Basketball player)
Becky Hammon
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Birthdate: March 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
(Coach, Athletic)
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
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Birthdate: December 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sil'di, Russia
Died: July 3, 2020
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 4 
Aliya Mustafina
(Artistic gymnast)
Aliya Mustafina
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Birthdate: September 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yegoryevsk, Russia
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Eteri Tutberidze
(Russian figure skating coach who works mainly with single skaters)
Eteri Tutberidze
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Birthdate: February 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Viacheslav Fetisov
(Ice hockey coach)
Viacheslav Fetisov
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Birthdate: April 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Valeri Liukin
(Gymnastics coach)
Valeri Liukin
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Birthdate: December 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aktobe, Kazakhstan

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.

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Irina Viner-Usmanova
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Birthdate: July 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Dmitry Tursunov
(Retired Russian Tennis Player and Coach)
Dmitry Tursunov
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Birthdate: December 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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.

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Tatiana Tarasova
(Figure Skating Coach)
Tatiana Tarasova
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Birthdate: February 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Evgeniya Kanayeva
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Birthdate: April 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Omsk, Russia
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Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov
(Ice hockey player)
Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov
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Birthdate: June 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 24, 2014
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Nikolai Morozov
(Ice dancer)
Nikolai Morozov
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Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

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.

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Alexei Mishin
(Figure skating coach)
Alexei Mishin
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Birthdate: March 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sevastopol, Russia
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Alexander Zhulin
(Ice dancer, Figure skaters)
Alexander Zhulin
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Birthdate: July 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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.

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Alexander Khalifman
(Russian Chess Player and 1990 Grandmaster)
Alexander Khalifman
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Birthdate: January 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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.

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Talant Dujshebaev
(Handball player, Handball coach)
Talant Dujshebaev
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Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Tamara Moskvina
(Coach, Figure skaters)
Tamara Moskvina
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Birthdate: June 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Vladimir Alekno
(Volleyball player)
Vladimir Alekno
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Birthdate: December 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Polatsk, Belarus
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Evgeny Bareev
(Chess player)
Evgeny Bareev
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Birthdate: November 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yemanzhelinsk, Russia

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.

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Senda Berenson
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Birthdate: March 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Butrimonys, Lithuania
Died: February 16, 1954
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Anatoly Tarasov
(Ice Hockey Coach)
Anatoly Tarasov
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Birthdate: December 10, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 23, 1995
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Mark Dvoretsky
(Chess coach, Writer)
Mark Dvoretsky
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Birthdate: December 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 26, 2016
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Evgeny Sveshnikov
(Chess player, Writer)
Evgeny Sveshnikov
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Birthdate: February 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Died: August 18, 2021
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Vera Shatalina
(Rhythmic gymnast)
Vera Shatalina
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Birthdate: May 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Daria Kondakova
(Rhythmic gymnast)
Daria Kondakova
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Birthdate: July 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sochi, Russia
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Olga Kaniskina
(Russian Coach and Former Race Walker)
Olga Kaniskina
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Birthdate: January 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Napol'naya Tavla, Russia
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Dmitry Bilozerchev
(Russian Gymnastics Coach and Retired Gymnast)
Dmitry Bilozerchev
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Birthdate: December 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Arkady Vorobyov
(Weightlifter)
Arkady Vorobyov
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Birthdate: October 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tambov Oblast, Russia
Died: December 22, 2012
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Stanislav Zhuk
(Russian skating coach)
Stanislav Zhuk
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Birthdate: January 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ulyanovsk, Russia
Died: November 1, 1998
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Vladimir Nazlymov
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Birthdate: November 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Makhachkala, Daghestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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Miron Sher
(Chess player)
Miron Sher
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Birthdate: June 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR,[1] USSR
Died: August 20, 2020

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.

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Lidiya Skoblikova
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Birthdate: March 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zlatoust, Russia
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Valentin Muratov
(Coach, Gymnast)
Valentin Muratov
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Birthdate: July 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow Oblast, Russia
Died: October 6, 2006
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Galina Zybina
(Athlete)
Galina Zybina
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Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Leonid Arkaev
(Coach)
Leonid Arkaev
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Birthdate: June 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia