Armenian professional footballer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan ,currently plays for Serie A club Roma and the Armenian national team. He previously played for Pyunik, winning four Armenian Premier League titles with them. Armenia's all-time top goalscorer, he has been named Armenian Footballer of the Year ten times. He is a polyglot and speaks eight languages.
Levon Aronian is an Armenian chess player who achieved the grandmaster title in 2000. Aronian, who currently plays for the US Chess Federation, earned the grandmaster title at age 17. Counted among the most decorated players of his generation, Levon Aronian is credited with leading the Armenian national team in several Chess Olympiads, winning gold in 2006, 2008, and 2012.
Arthur Abraham is an Armenian-German retired boxer who was active from 2003 to 2018. Between 2005 and 2009, Abraham held multiple world championships, including the IBF middleweight title. Between 2012 and 2016, he held the WBO super-middleweight title on two separate occasions. In 2009, Arthur Abraham was named Berlin Sportsman of the Year.
Giorgio Petrosyan is an Armenian-born Italian professional kickboxer who currently competes in the middleweight division. Counted among the greatest kickboxers of all time, Petrosyan is renowned for his supreme defensive prowess, ringsmanship, and technical skills. Nicknamed The Doctor, Giorgio Petrosyan's skills have helped him defeat some of the world's best strikers while taking little-to-no damage.
Gokor Chivichyan is an Armenian-born American mixed martial arts, submission grappling, and judo instructor. He currently trains amateur and professional fighters at the Hayastan MMA Academy in California, USA. Thanks to his extensive knowledge in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, freestyle wrestling, catch wrestling, judo, and sambo, Gokor Chivichyan is counted among the most complete grapplers in the history of combat sport.
Tigran L. Petrosian is an Armenian chess player who achieved the prestigious grandmaster title in 2004. In addition to being a two-time national champion, Tigran L. Petrosian has also helped his national team win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Chess Olympiads.
Harut Grigorian is an Armenian-born Belgian fighter who specializes in kickboxing. A former Glory Welterweight champion, Grigorian has also competed in other promotions like K-1 and It's Showtime. As of 2022, Harut Grigorian runs a kickboxing school in Deurne.
Karo Parisyan is an Armenian-American MMA fighter. A former welterweight champion at World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Parisyan is an expert in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Karo Parisyan has also represented Armenia at International Judo Championships, winning gold medals on four occasions.
Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She has also won medals at World Championships, which includes a gold and silver medal. She is the third female high jumper to win medals at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. She also holds the Russian national record (2.07 meters).
Armen Petrosyan is an Armenian-born Italian professional kickboxer. An aggressive fighter, Petrosyan competes in the middleweight division. A former WMTA world super welterweight champion, Armen Petrosyan has also appeared in a reality television show titled Enfusion.
Also known as the Killer Queen, American-German boxer Susi Kentikian has been a flyweight world champion twice. Born in the Armenian SSR she left the country with her parents at 5, in the midst of a war. At 5’ 1”, she was also initially tagged as Germany’s shortest professional boxer.
Varuzhan Akobian is an Armenian-born American chess player who achieved the grandmaster title in November 2003. He is best known for representing the U.S. team at the Chess Olympiads in 2006 and 2008, where his team won bronze medals. Varuzhan Akobian is currently associated with the Saint Louis University chess team, where he serves as assistant coach.
Tatev Abrahamyan is an Armenian-American chess player who achieved the woman grandmaster (WGM) title in 2011. She currently lives in the USA, and has played for the USA in team competitions like the Women's World Team Chess Championship and the Women's Chess Olympiad. Tatev Abrahamyan is the recipient of several awards, including the Goddess Chess Award.
Hayk Marutyan is an Armenian actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, and politician. He is known for his service as the Mayor of Yerevan from 13 October 2018 to 22 December 2021. Hayk Marutyan is best known as one-half of the comedy duo Hayko Mko alongside Mkrtich Arzumanyan. Marutyan has also appeared in several comedy films like Love Odd and Super Mother.
Arpine Hovhannisyan is an Armenian lawyer and politician. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Justice from 4 Sep 2015 to 11 May 2017. Arpine Hovhannisyan is the first woman to serve as Justice Minister of Armenia.
Armenian-American gymnastics coach Artur Akopyan had initially won quite a few medals, including 3 World Championship gold medals, for the Soviet Union. The first gymnast to perform the Tsukahara double twist, he was later forced to shut down his training center for resorting to abusive training techniques.
Karo Murat is an Armenian-German boxer. From 2008 to 2009, Murat held the European super-middleweight title. In 2017, he held the European light-heavyweight title. The following year, Karo Murat held the IBO light-heavyweight title.
Noel Gevor is an Armenian-German boxer who competes in the cruiserweight division. The step-son of former European champion Khoren Gevor, Noel held the WBO International cruiserweight and WBO Youth world titles between 2014 and 2016.
Artur Davtyan is an Armenian gymnast best known for winning a bronze medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. He has also won a gold medal each at the 2019 European Games and at the 2021 European Championships. Artur Davtyan has also won two silver medals and a bronze medal at the European Championships so far.
Andranik Markaryan was a politician who served as the Armenian Prime Minister from 2000 to 2007. He was chosen by the President to serve as the prime minister when the then-PM Vazgen Sargsyan was murdered on 27 October 1999 during the Armenian parliament shooting. The President chose Markaryan after sacking Aram Sargsyan, his original choice for the prime minister’s role.
Sargis Sargsian is an Armenian former professional tennis player who represented Armenia at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Summer Olympics. He also represented Armenia at the 1993 Summer Universiade in Buffalo, USA, where he won the silver medal in the mixed doubles event. Sargis Sargsian currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Naira Zohrabyan is an Armenian politician who represented her party at the 2018 Yerevan City Council election where she competed for the position of the Mayor of Yerevan. From 2008 to 2021, Naira Zohrabyan served as a Member of the National Assembly for the Prosperous Armenia party.
Armenian chess Grandmaster Rafael Vaganian was the 1989 USSR Champion and also played as part of the USSR Olympiad teams in 1984 and 1986. He was 19 when he earned the title of Grandmaster and has been a World Championship candidate twice. He also won the 2019 World Seniors' Championship in his 60s.
Arshak Petrosian is an Armenian chess player and coach. He achieved popularity in 1974, when he won the Armenian Chess Championship. He repeated the feat in 1976 and went on to achieve more popularity during the 1980s, scoring notable wins against grandmasters like Rafael Vaganian, Alexey Shirov, and Alexander Morozevich. In 2009, Arshak Petrosian won the prestigious Mikhail Botvinnik Medal.
Known as The Original, Armenian-born German boxer Artem Harutyunyan played for Germany at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he won a bronze, too. He has also been a European Championship bronze medalist. He mostly plays in the lightweight and light-welterweight categories.