Foreign athletes who play for Russia
That ended the Olympics in Sochi, which has brought us a lot of positive emotions, and also introduced us to a new Russian stars. However, as you probably have seen, for the Russian Olympic team acted a few foreigners, who brought us the medals. Total Russian team 13 “legionnaires” but we acquaint you with only six most outstanding athletes. Be sure to read on.(6 photos)
Viktor Antonov, is certainly the most conspicuous “new Russian” in our team, as well as one of its main stars. Former Korean citizen, born in Seoul in December 2011 decided to represent Russia and brought our team in Sochi 3 gold and 1 bronze medal in the discipline, which previously we had not taken place high hopes.
Tatyana was born in Dnepropetrovsk and until 2010 was considered Ukrainian skater. But the really talent international master of sports of Ukraine and quadruple champion of Ukraine revealed only paired with Maxim Trankov. In deciding to act under the Russian flag, couple became three-time European champions, world champions and 2013 double Olympic champion in 2014 in Sochi.
native of White Salmon in Washington State 11 seasons played for the United States until he married Russian Alena ZAVARZIN snowboarder. First representing Russia at the World Cup in December 2012, he immediately showed the best result of his career, taking 3rd place. Well, in Sochi brought new homeland unexpected gold in parallel giant slalom.
gonna born in Minsk and the previous three Winter Olympics – Salt Lake City, Turin and Vancouver favored team of Belarus. In August 2011, she received a Russian passport, expecting her second child.After two and a half years gonna went to his fourth Olympics, is the national team of Russia. Her younger brother Timothy freestyler Slivets also represents Russia in 2011, including in Sochi.
Alexander Hleb was born in Maribor, Slovenia in the Russian family, and until 2009 to play for Slovenia under the name Alec Glebov. In June of 2011 he decided to play for their historic homeland of his parents and was replaced by Russian sports citizenship. In Sochi, Russia Alexander represented in the downhill and super-G, but, unfortunately, not too successfully.
Born in 1982, in Shostka (Ukraine). He played for the Ukrainian team at the Olympics in Salt Lake City and Turin. But in 2006, left and became a citizen of Russia. Since 2010, he joined the Russian national team.Decided to move to Russia, because Ukraine is the only place where there is free rollers – is Kiev.