Russia has competed at the modern Olympic Games on many occasions, but as different nations in its history. As the Russian Empire, the nation first competed at the 1900 Games, and returned again in 1908 and 1912. After the Russian revolution in 1917, and the subsequent establishment of the Soviet Union in 1922, it would be thirty years until Russian athletes once again competed at the Olympics, as the Soviet Union at the 1952 Summer Olympics. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia competed as part of the Unified Team in 1992, and finally returned once again as Russia at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
The Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, and Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russian athletes have won a total of 397 medals at the Summer Olympic Games and another 124 at the Winter Olympic Games. Over the most recent ten Games (since 1994), Russia's 488 total medals, including 169 gold medals, are second only to the United States (with 631 and 237, respectively).
In November 2015, Russia was suspended from all international athletic competitions, including the athletics events in the 2016 Summer Olympics, by the IAAF following a World Anti-Doping Agency report into doping in athletics.
A Little History
Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a sovereign state in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest state in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous country, with over 146.6 million people at the end of March 2016. Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.
The nation's history began with that of the East Slavs, who emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. Rus' ultimately disintegrated into a number of smaller states; most of the Rus' lands were overrun by the Mongol invasion and became tributaries of the nomadic Golden Horde in the 13th century. The Grand Duchy of Moscow gradually reunified the surrounding Russian principalities, achieved independence from the Golden Horde, and came to dominate the cultural and political legacy of Kievan Rus'. By the 18th century, the nation had greatly expanded through conquest, annexation, and exploration to become the Russian Empire, which was the third largest empire in history, stretching from Poland in Europe to Alaska in North America.
Following the Russian Revolution, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic became the largest and leading constituent of the Soviet Union abbreviated to USSR, the world's first constitutionally socialist state and a recognized world superpower, and a rival to the United States which played a decisive role in the Allied victory in World War II. The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the world's first human-made satellite, and the first man in space. By the end of 1990, the Soviet Union had the world's second largest economy, largest standing military in the world and the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (the state detonated in 1961 the Tsar Bomba, which was mankind's most powerful nuclear bomb ever built). Following the partition of the Soviet Union in 1991, fourteen independent republics emerged from the USSR; as the largest, most populous, and most economically developed republic, the Russian SFSR reconstituted itself as the Russian Federation and is recognized as the continuing legal personality (the sole successor state) of the Soviet Union.
The Russian economy ranks as the twelfth largest by nominal GDP and sixth largest by purchasing power parity in 2015. Russia's extensive mineral and energy resources, the largest reserves in the world, have made it one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas globally. The country is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. Russia was the world's second biggest exporter of major arms in 2010-14, according to SIPRI data. Russia is a great power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G20, the Council of Europe, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as being the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and one of the 5 members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), along with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Russian Olympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed Russian triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.
Alexander Bryukhankov Triathlete
Alexander Bryukhankov was born on April 12, 1987 in Rybinsk, Russia. From 2006 to 2010, he took part in 55 ITU competitions and achieved 34 top ten positions. He also participated at the 20078 Summer Olympics,
View full results history of Alexander Bryukhankov Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Alexandra Razarenova Triathlete
Alexandra Razarenova was born on July 17, 1990 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 2011 Russian Elite Champion, and European U23 Champion,. Alexandra competed in the Women's event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
View full results history of Alexandra Razarenova Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Dmitry Polyanskiy Triathlete
Dmitry Polyanskiy was born on November 19, 1986 in Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. European Champion U23 Italy 2009, World cup winner Tisaivaros 2009, Tongyeong 2011.
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Anastasia Abrosimova Triathlete
Anastasia Abrosimova was born on - -, - in Russia. 2015 ITU Aquathlon World Champion. 2014 Instanbul's European Cup Champion, 2015 Chicago's Aquathlon World Champion.
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Igor Polyanskiy Triathlete
Igor Polyanskiy was born on January 16, 1990 in Zhelesnogorsk, Russia. 13th place at the Russian Cup in 2009, 6th at the Junior World Championships. 2010 U23 supersprint Champion.
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Mariya Shorets Triathlete
Mariya Shorets was born on August 9, 1990 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After winning a silver medal at the Yokohama World Championship, she will make her Olympic debut.
View full results history of Mariya Shorets Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
Russia Triathlon Federation.
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.