- Ice Hockey
Ice Hockey is a favorite sport in Russia. Ice Hockey is very popular because Russia is cold with lots of frozen lakes in the winter. The Russian national hockey team has always dominated the world championship held by IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation), and has also medaled several times in the Winter Olympics. There are also many Russians on NHL teams in the U.S. and Canada.
Tennis is a sport that is highly developed and popular in Russia. The country also produces fairly successful achievements in tennis. Maria Sharapova was ranked number one in the WTA. In addition, there are also many other outstanding tennis players, such as Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva.
Rugby is also popular in Russia. The International Rugby Board (IRB) ranks Russia 17th in the world. One of the largest and strongest rugby team in Russia is located in the city of Krasnoyarsk. Russia has a country-wide competition in the Professional Rugby League attended by professional rugby clubs in Russia, such as VVA Saracens, Yenisey-STM, and many other clubs.
Russia is also known for its gymnastics, both male and female. In fact, the Soviet Union holds the record for the most Olympics medals won in gymnastics. From 1952 until 1988, the Soviet Union was in the Olympics, and since 1994, the Russian team has continued to be in the Olympics. Russia also holds the record for the most medals in rhythmic gymnastics. Some of the most famous Russian gymnasts are Svetlana Khorkina, who participated in four Olympics, Anna Pavlova, Larisa Latynina, Nikolai Andrianov, and Dmitry Vladimrovich Bilorzerchev, who still holds the record for being the youngest male world champion.
Bandy is a traditional Russian sport, often called Russian hockey. Although the modern rules were written in England, Russians claim to have invented the game. Like hockey, bandy is a team winter sport played on ice. The skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal. Both men and women play, and the Russian women’s team won silver in the six first world championships. They finally won gold in 2014.
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