Famous Russian Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Russian Sportspersons, including Fedor Emelianenko, Anna Kournikova, Garry Kasparov, Maria Sharapova and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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 1 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sildi, Russia

Russian professional mixed martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is known for holding the longest active undefeated streak in MMA, with 28 wins and no losses. In September 2020, he was named #2 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. He practices Islam and is the first Muslim to win a UFC title.

 2 Maria Sharapova

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nyagan
One of Time’s 30 Legends of Women's Tennis, Maria Sharapova, the first Russian woman tennis player to top the singles rankings, earned three doubles and five Grand Slam titles. A failed drug test led to her temporary suspension. She bounced back with modeling and launched her confectionary brand Sugarpova.

 3 Roy Jones Jr.

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States

Former American boxer Roy Jones Jr. was born to a boxer father. Despite his defeat in the gold medal match at the 1988 Seoul Olympics due to a faulty decision by the judges, he won the Val Barker Award. He was the second light heavyweight champion to earn a heavyweight title.

 4 Garry Kasparov

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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: April 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baku

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess player. A grandmaster, Kasparov is a former World Chess Champion who was ranked No. 1 for 255 months during his career that spanned 21 years. After his retirement, Garry Kasparov focused on writing and politics; he founded a social movement called the United Civil Front, which is part of an opposition coalition in Moscow.

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 5 Fedor Emelianenko

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Famous As: MMA Artist
Birthdate: September 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rubizhne, Ukraine
Russian mixed martial artist, judoka, and sambist Fedor Emelianenko, also known as “The Last Emperor,” competes for Bellator MMA and the Rizin Fighting Federation. He went from being a firefighter to Sports Illustrated’s top MMA fighter of the 2000s. He is also part of the Russian Presidential Council on sports.

 6 Alexander Ovechkin

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian ice hockey player who currently captains the Washington Capitals, a popular team which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Alexander Ovechkin has won prestigious awards, such as the Rocket Richard Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, and Calder Memorial Trophy.

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 7 Lev Yashin

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 20, 1990
Legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin was nicknamed the Black Spider or the Black Panther for his signature all-black attire. He played in four World Cups and later also served as the deputy chairman of the Football Federation of his country. He became the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d'Or.
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 8 Anna Kournikova

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Famous As: Tennis Star
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
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 9 Alexander Povetkin

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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: September 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kursk, Russia

Alexander Povetkin is a Russian professional boxer who won an Olympic gold medal for his country in 2004. The current WBC interim heavyweight champion, Povetkin was ranked the fourth-best active heavyweight in the world by The Ring magazine in 2020. Alexander Povetkin is also regarded as one of the best active boxers, pound for pound.

 10 Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elista, Russia
Died: April 19, 2013
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 11 Evgenia Medvedeva

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: November 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 12 Anatoly Karpov

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Famous As: Former World Chess Champion
Birthdate: May 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zlatoust, Russia

Russian chess grandmaster, Anatoly Karpov, was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985, before finally being defeated by Garry Kasparov. With over 160 first-place finishes, Karpov is widely considered one of the greatest players in history. Since his retirement, he has involved himself in several humanitarian causes. He has an extensive stamp collection.

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 13 Daniil Medvedev

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 14 Valeri Bure

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Valeri Bure is a former ice hockey player who played for popular teams in the National Hockey League. In 1991, he became the first Russian to play in the Western Hockey League. An important ex-member of the Russian men's national ice hockey team, Bure helped his nation win silver and a bronze at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics respectively.

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 15 Alina Zagitova

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia

 16 Sergey Kovalev

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kopeysk, Russia

 17 Zabit Magomedsharipov

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khasavyurt, Russia

 18 Petr Yan

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: February 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia

 19 Kostya Tszyu

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Serov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Kostya Tszyu is a former boxer who held multiple light-welterweight championships. Renowned for his punching power, Tszyu is considered one of the hardest-punching boxers in the history of light-welterweight boxing. He represented the Soviet Union at the 1991 World Championships, where he won a gold medal. In 2010, Tszyu was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 20 Aliya Mustafina

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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: September 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yegoryevsk, Russia
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 21 Artem Lobov

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

 22 Sofia Kenin

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 14, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 23 Ekaterina Gordeeva

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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 24 Nikolai Valuev

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Famous As: Boxer, Actor
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev has been the WBA heavyweight champion twice, and at 149 kg and 7 ft., is the heaviest and tallest champion ever. Severe health issues caused him to retire from boxing, following which he appeared in films such as Stonehead and became a State Duma member.

 25 Andrey Arshavin

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: May 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Andrey Arshavin is a Russian former football player who helped Zenit Saint Petersburg win several trophies, such as the League Cup, Russian Premier League, UEFA Cup, Russian Super Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup. He was also an important player for the Russian national football team and helped the team reach the semi-final of UEFA Euro 2008.

 26 Pavel Datsyuk

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia

 27 Sergey Karjakin

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Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: January 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol

 28 Alexander Volkov

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 29 Maurice Tillet

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 23, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ural Mountains, Russia
Died: September 4, 1954

 30 Evgeni Plushenko

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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dzhamku, Russia

 31 Denis Cheryshev

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod

 32 Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov

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Famous As: Coach, Athletic
Birthdate: December 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sil'di, Russia
Died: July 3, 2020

 33 Becky Hammon

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

 34 Alexander Alekhine

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Famous As: French chess player
Birthdate: October 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: March 24, 1946

Alexander Alekhine was a French and Russian chess player renowned for his imaginative and fierce attacking style. He also possessed great positional and endgame skill, which he used effectively to reign as the World Chess Champion from 1927 to 1935 and then from 1937 to 1946. Also a theoretician, Alexander Alekhine innovated several opening variations, including the Alekhine's Defence.

 35 Larisa Latynina

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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: December 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine

 36 Evgeni Malkin

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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: July 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia

 37 Abubakar Nurmagomedov

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Makhachkala, Russia

 38 Alina Kabaeva

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 39 Aleksandr Karelin

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: September 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia

 40 Alexander Emelianenko

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stary Oskol, Russia

 41 Viktor Korchnoi

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Famous As: Chess player, Writer
Birthdate: March 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: June 6, 2016

 42 Timofey Mozgov

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg

 43 Elena Mukhina

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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: June 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 22, 2006

 44 Sergei Grinkov

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Famous As: Fgure skater
Birthdate: February 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 20, 1995

 45 Ilya Kovalchuk

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tver

 46 Khamzat Chimaev

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chechnya, Russia

 47 Daniil Kvyat

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: April 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ufa

 48 Svetlana Khorkina

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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: January 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belgorod, Russia

 49 Mikhail Botvinnik

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Repino, Russia
Died: May 5, 1995

 50 Svetlana Kuznetsova

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia