It should be noted that the Russian athletes all – performed at the 4th Olympic Games in London in 1908. At the time, the country did not have its Olympic Committee, so 8 people went to the Olympics individually, they performed in figure skating, cycling, track and field and wrestling. Nikolai Alexandrovich Panin-Kolomenkin became Russia’s first Olympic champion, winning gold in figure skating, performing special figures. Two silver medals on wrestling received then Nikolay Orlov in weight category to 66,6 kg and Alexander Petrov in category over 93 kg. The
talent and skill of Russian athletes immediately attracted great attention from the public. In March 1911, the National Olympic Committee in Russia was established, its chairman became Stat Sreznevsky councilor Vyacheslav Izmaylovich.
Although the Stockholm Olympics were somewhat unsuccessful (Russia shared 15th place with Austria in the all-team competition), it had a huge impact on the development of Russian sport.
The modern Olympic team of the Russian Federation is one of the most numerous. At the Winter Olympiad in 2010 in Vancouver, Russia was represented by 175 athletes, of them 51 people — honored masters of sports, 72 — masters of sports of the international class, 41 masters of sports, 10 — candidates in the master, and 1 first-time athlete.
Among the most titled athletes of the national team you can mention biathlete Olga Zaitseva, master of sports of the international class. She is the Olympic champion of Turin (2006), the world champion (Hochfilzen, 2005), in the stages of the World Cup she has 6 wins, and in 2009 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, she won 2 gold medals and 2 bronze medals.
Another honored master of sports in biathlon is Ivan Cherezov. He is a silver medalist at the World Junior Championships in 2000 and the World Universiade in 2001, at the Turin Olympics he also took silver and later (in 2005, 2007 and 2008) became three times world champion.
Alexander Zubkov — a member of the Russian national team and honored master of sports in bobsleigh, has a huge number of awards. He is the champion of Russia in deuce (2004) and in the four (2001, 2003-2005), in 2001 and 2003 — the silver medalist of the Russian championships in deuce. Zubkov is the champion of Russia in bob-starts in deuce (2002-2004), and in the four (2001-2004), silver medalist in the Russian bob-starts championship in the four in 2000. Silver at the Russian Cup in deuce (2000), gold at the European Championships in the four (2005), silver (2005) and bronze (2003) at the World Cup in the four. Alexander Zubkov won silver at the Turin Olympics and there are many different awards.
Among the most decorated athletes in Russia are also: Lalenkov Yevgeny (leader of the Russian speed skating team), Rochev Vasily (skier), Medvedeva (Arbuzova) Evgenia (skier), Demchenko Albert (swimmer athlete), Lebedev Vladimir (freestyle, acrobatics), Evgeny Plushchenko (figure skater), Evteeva Nina (leader of the Russian national team on short track). The hockey players with the most awards currently are: Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Nabokov.
The most titled athlete of the world is Larisa Latynina. During her stunning career as a rhythmic gymnast she won 18 Olympic awards, including nine gold, five silver and four bronze! There is no such number of Olympic medals in any athlete, in any sport. And it should be taken into account that it won many more medals at the championships of the USSR, Europe and the world.