Popular Sports in Russia

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arCourse : Russian language and culture Popular sports and famous athletes in Russia Russia is the successor of the Soviet Union (USSR), which was the dominant Olympic team during the Soviet Era whereby, Russia SFSR was the largest nation in the Soviet Union with the main athletes of the Soviet team. Nowadays, Russia is one the most successful countries at a variety of sports and continuously ending in the top rankings (never below the third place since 1952) in number of medals and gold medals collected at the Olympic Games. Moreover, since 1994, Russia always finished in the top five ranking at the Paralympic Games. Top five popular sports in Russia Russia’s most popular sports include football…show more content…
The Soviet Union team was traditionally very strong in basketball, winning various Olympic tournaments, World Championships and Eurobasket. Its legal successor; the Russian national basketball team is 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 had great success in European competitions such as the Euroleague and the ULEB Cup. At the moment there are three Russian players in the NBA: Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov. Another dominant sport in Russia is volleyball. The Russia men’s national volleyball team is the national team of Russia. It is governed by the Russian volleyball federation and takes part in several international volleyball competitions. They are considered as the inheritor of the records of the Soviet Union by the FIVB ( Fédération internationalle de volleyball). In the past, the Soviet Union team was the dominant volleyball team wining 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal at the Olympic Games and 12 gold medals in the European championship. Nowadays, the Russia men’s national volleyball team is
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