Russia, is a keen sporting country, successful at a number of sports and continuously finishing in the top rankings at the Olympic games. Russia (Россия Rossiya) or the Russian Federation ( Rossiyskaya Federatsiya) is a transcontinental Country extending The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter 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. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice.  and basketball. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m
Other sports widely played in Russia include weightlifting, gymnastics, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, volleyball, rugby union and skiing. Weightlifting, also called Olympic weightlifting or Olympic-style weightlifting, is a sport in which participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell Gymnastics is a Sport involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength agility and coordination Boxing (sometimes also known as English boxing or pugilism) is a Combat sport in which two participants generally of similar weight, Wrestling is the act of physical engagement between two people in which each wrestler strives to get an advantage over or control of the opponent Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for Combat. Volleyball is an Olympic team sport in which two teams of 6 active players (5 normal players and one 'libero' are separated by a net that is usually four feet Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short Snow skiing is a group of sports utilizing Skis as primary equipment
The 2008 Uefa Champions League Final between Manchester United FC and Chelsea FC were played on May 21st at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. When the USSR broke down into 15 different countries the once renowned sports structure collapsed as well Manchester United FC beat Chelsea FC 6-5 in penalty shots.
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. Russia has competed at the modern Olympic Games on many occasions but as different nations in its history  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 Moscow while the 2014 Winter Olympics will be hosted by Sochi. The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event held in Moscow in the Soviet Moscow (Москва́ romanised: Moskvá, IPA: see also other names) is the Capital and the largest city of Sochi (Сочи ˈsotɕɪ is a Russian Resort city, situated in Krasnodar Krai just north of the southern Russian border
As the Soviet Union, Russia was traditionally very strong in basketball. At the moment they have various players in the NBA, notably Andrei Kirilenko, and they are considered as a worldwide basketball force. Andrei Gennadevich Kirilenko ( Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18 1981 is a Russian professional Basketball In 2007, Russia defeated world champions Spain to win Eurobasket '07. EuroBasket is the name commonly used to refer to the men's Basketball championship contested biennially by the national teams of the European Continent under
Russia's ice hockey team has a long history of traditions and success, and today more than 70 Russians play in the NHL. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America
Figure skating is 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. Figure skating is an athletic Sport in which individuals pairs or groups perform spins, jumps, footwork and other intricate and challenging 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. Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a Winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields primarily Northern Europe, Bobsleigh, bobsled or bobsledge is a Winter sport invented by Englishmen in the late 1860s in which teams make timed runs down narrow twisting banked Biathlon (not to be confused with Duathlon) is a term used to describe any sporting event made up of two disciplines Speed skating or speedskating is a competitive form of Skating in which the competitors race each other in travelling a certain distance Skeleton is a Winter sport in which competitors aim to drive a one-person Sled in a prone head-first position down an ice track in the fastest time A luge is a small one- or two-person Sled on which one sleds supine (face up and feet-first
Since the end of the Soviet era tennis has grown in popularity and Russia has produced a number of famous tennis players. Tennis is a sport played between two players ( singles) or between two teams of two players each ( doubles)
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. See also Development of the World Chess Championship The World Chess Championship is played to determine the World Champion in the Board game Chess Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (mʲixaˈiɫ̺ mʌiˈs̺ʲɛjɛvʲiʧʲ bʌt̺ˈvʲin̺n̻ʲik Михаи́л Моисе́евич Ботви́нник) ( &ndash May Until the end of the Soviet Union, there was only one non-Soviet champion.
Rugby league is a team sport in Russia. Rugby league is a minor Team Sport in Russia. The Russian Rugby League Federation (RRLF is the governing body of rugby league in History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games Russia competed at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup and was knocked out in the group stage. The twelfth Rugby League World Cup was held in Great Britain, Ireland and France in October and November of the year 2000 The premier rugby league competition is called the Russian Championship. The Russian Championship (sometimes referred to as the Russian Super League or the Championship of Russia) is the major Rugby league tournament for semi-professional It is currently ranked 13th in the world by the Rugby League International Federation. The Rugby League International Federation ( RLIF) -formerly International Rugby League Board - is the international governing body of Rugby league 
Rugby union is a growing sport in Russia. Rugby union in Russia is a growing sport Russia is ranked 18th worldwide by the International Rugby Board (IRB, having a little over 13000 Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short Russia (Россия Rossiya) or the Russian Federation ( Rossiyskaya Federatsiya) is a transcontinental Country extending Russia is ranked 17th worldwide by the International Rugby Board (IRB)  with a little over 13,000 players nationally. The Russia national rugby union team is the national team of Russia. The International Rugby Board (IRB is the world governing and law-making body for the sport of Rugby union, and previously for Rugby football.  Russia has a professional domestic competition, the Firepower Professional Rugby League, including teams from Moscow (two clubs), Krasnoyarsk (two clubs), Chita, Krasnodar, Novokuznetsk and Penza. Professional Rugby League (Профессиональная регбийная лига is the premier Rugby union competition in Russia. Moscow (Москва́ romanised: Moskvá, IPA: see also other names) is the Capital and the largest city of Krasnoyarsk (Красноя́рск is the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia, and the third largest city in Siberia. Krasnodar (Краснода́р is a city in Southern Russia on the Kuban River. Novokuznetsk (Новокузне́цк is a city in Kemerovo Oblast, Russia with a population of 549870 ( 2002 Census) History Penza was founded in 1663 as a frontier outpost on the then southeastern border of Russia Krasnoyarsk, a large Siberian city, has traditionally been the stronghold of Russian rugby union. Krasnoyarsk (Красноя́рск is the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia, and the third largest city in Siberia. Domestic matches are covered in in the local media, and the intra-city derby match between sides Krasny Yar and Enisei-STM can attract large crowds.