- Sport in Russia
Russia, is a keen sporting country, successful at a number of sports and continuously finishing in the top rankings at the Olympic games. During the Soviet era the team placed first in the total number of medals won at 14 of its 18 appearances; with these performances, the USSR was the dominant Olympic power of its era. Since the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 and continuing today, the Soviet and later Russian athletes never went below third place in the world (never below 2nd until the most recent Olympics), in number and gold medals collected at the Summer Olympics.
Among the most played sports are football,
ice hockey. [ [http://www.russia.com/sport/ Russian Sport Activities] Russia.com] and basketball.
Other sports widely played in Russia include
weightlifting, gymnastics, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, volleyball, rugby unionand skiing.
Football in Russia
Russia at the Olympics
During the Soviet era the team placed first in the total number of medals won at 14 of its 18 appearances; [ [http://www.infoplease.com/ipsa/A0114335.html Summer Olympics Through The Years] . Info please.com] with these performances, the USSR was the dominant Olympic power of its era. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/olympics/articles/2004/09/02/1093939063726.html The main game in a dragon's lair] Sydney Morning Herald] Since the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 and continuing today, the Soviet and later Russian athletes never went below third place in the world, in number and gold medals collected at the Summer Olympics. The 1980 Summer Olympic Games were held in
Moscowwhile the 2014 Winter Olympicswill be hosted by Sochi.
As the Soviet Union, Russia was traditionally very strong in basketball, winning various Olympic tournaments, World Championships and Eurobasket. At the moment they have various players in the NBA, notably Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, and are considered as a worldwide basketball force. In 2007, Russia defeated world champions Spain to win Eurobasket 2007. Russian basketball clubs such as PBC CSKA Moscow (2006 and 2008 Euroleague Champions)have also had great success in European competitions such as the Euroleague and the ULEB Cup.
Russia's ice hockey team has a long history of traditions and success, and today more than 70 Russians play in the
During the Soviet era, hockey was the dominant sport, and members of the national team were give the finest apartments and cars. The 1972
Summit Seriesbetween Canadaand the Soviets proved that Russia produced some of the finest players in the world, losing the 8 game series 4-3-1.
Figure skatingis another popular sport; in the 1960s the Soviet Union rose to become a dominant power in figure skating, especially in pairs skating and ice dancing. At every Winter Olympics from 1964 until the present day, a Soviet or Russian pair has won gold, often considered the longest winning streak in modern sports history. Other winter sports the Soviets or Russia are dominant in are cross country skiing(especially women's), bobsleigh, biathlon, speed skating, skeleton, and luge.
Since the end of the Soviet era
tennishas grown in popularity and Russia has produced a number of famous tennis players. In recent years, the amount of top Russian women players has been considerable, with Maria Sharapovareaching the Nº1 in the world rankings. Other Russian players with a ton of success include Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Myskina, Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonarevaand Anna Kournikova. The Russian Federation has won the Fed Cup4 times, in 2004, 2005, 2007and 2008. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Russia swept the women's tennis podium with Elena Dementievawinning the gold, Dinara Safinaand Vera Zvonarevathe silver and bronze, respectively. As of October 2nd, 2008, five Russian women are ranked in the WTA tour's top 10. Others former Nº1 from Russia are male players Marat Safinand Yevgeny Kafelnikov, while players currently in the male top fifty include: Nikolay Davydenko, Igor Andreev, Mikhail Youzhny, Dmitry Tursunov, and Marat Safin. The Russian men won the Davis Cupin 2002 and 2006.
Rhythmic gymnasticsis considered one of the most popular sports in Russia. In addition,it is considered in general that Russiahas the best rhythmic gymnasts. Irina Tchachina, Alina Kabaeva, Yana Batyrchinaand Yulia Barsukovaturned out to be Russia' top rhythmic gymnasts. There are many rhythmic gymnastics clubs in Russia and the most famous one is the Gazprom School which Irina Vinerteaches rhythmic gymnasts in Moscow.
Chess is a favourite pastime, and a sport that has been dominated by Russians in the post-war (1945-) era. The winner of the 1948
World Chess Championship, Russian Mikhail Botvinnik, started an era of Soviet dominance in the chess world. Until the end of the Soviet Union, there was only one non-Soviet champion.
Rugby league in Russia Rugby leagueis a team sport in Russia. Russia competed at the 2000 Rugby League World Cupand was knocked out in the group stage. The premier rugby league competition is called the Russian Championship. It is currently ranked 13th in the world by the Rugby League International Federation. [ [http://www.rlif.org/ RLIF January ranking] ]
Rugby union in Russia Rugby unionis a growing sport in Russia. Russia is ranked 17th worldwide by the International Rugby Board(IRB) [ [http://www.irb.com/rankings/full.html Official IRB Rankings] ] with a little over 13,000 players nationally. [ [http://www.irb.com/unions/union=11000087/index.html Official Russia Playing Numbers] ] Russia has a professional domestic competition, the Firepower Professional Rugby League, including teams from Moscow(two clubs), Krasnoyarsk(two clubs), Chita, Krasnodar, Novokuznetskand Penza. Krasnoyarsk, a large Siberian city, has traditionally been the stronghold of Russian rugby union. Domestic matches are covered in the local media, and the intra-city derby match between sides Krasny Yar and Enisei-STM can attract large crowds.
The Russian Orienteering Federation (Федерация Спортивного Ориентирования (ФСО)) is the
Russian national organisation of orienteering. It is a full Member of the International Orienteering Federation. [cite web |url= http://www.orienteering.org/i3/index.php?/iof2006/iof/member_federations/iof_member_federations|title= IOF Member Federations|accessdate=2008-06-20 |work= International Orienteering Federation|date= ]
Sport in Saint Petersburg
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