Sport in Russia
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Спорт в России - Sport in Russia

Sport in Russia has always been popular. Perhaps more then a half of Russians have tried some kind of sport in their childhood. Some of them even in several types.

So which sports are better developed in Russia? Here can be seen the following pattern. Russia, as a rule, has good results in classical kinds of sport. This is in some ways connected with the period of Soviet Union when big attention was paid to physical education of the youth. But the lessons of Soviet school didn’t go without any influence.

Quite often foreign sportsmen, lead by Russian trainers, appear on world level competitions. Also often you can see Russian sportsmen fighting of medals for other countries. That of course upsets Russian supporters. But they have already learnt to treat this with humour. There are many jokes about it. For example when you watch international competitions you hear that the trainers and the sportsmen easily understand each other because they all speak Russian.

In modern kinds of sport Russians lag behind their contenders a little. We can refer here curling, springboard jumping etc. Frankly speaking some Russians still can't see these activities as a serious kinds of sport. But the situation has been changing nowadays.

Actually, a healthy way of life is again coming into fashion in Russia today. That is why people have started to take an interest in sport. Even those who perceived it only as something that they could watch on TV, now come to gyms and swimming pools. That is why Russians are beginning to open to new kinds of sport. Let’s hope that this will reflect in results of different level competitions.

Tennis has a large popularity. Some people connect that with the fact that this sport was a hobby of Russian ex-president Boris Yeltsin. Today Russian tennis players are famous all over the world. Sharapova, Kurnikova, Kafelnikov, Miskina are only the best known Russian tennis players. They play wonderfully at Wimbledon and other competitions.

Ice-hockey is another one successful sport in the country. The Russian team takes worthy places in competitions. The traditions of Soviet school are kept here too. Though unfortunately it isn’t as strong as in the past. In USSR there was a period when hockey team won 9 world championships in a row. Furthermore, there are only 2 hockey players which became championship winners 10 times. These are Russian sportsmen Alexander Rogulin and of course Vladislav Tretyak. Nowadays there are also good players in Russian hockey. Many of them train in NHL.

Another sport which is widespread in the country is football. It’s strange but in Russia there are still many amateurs of this game. But unfortunately there are only few professionals. Russians have already thought up a lot of jokes about their football team. The fact is that Russia hasn’t got any prizes in this kind of sport for a long time. Some people even think it is remediless. Although football matches are always broadcasted on central TV and find their spectators.

An interesting peculiarity of Russian football is its multinational compound. Spartak, TsSKA, Zenit, Locomotive are names of best known football clubs. But if you listen to the information about the team compound in the start of the match it’s not very likely that there will be a half of Russian players there. Maybe that is one of the problems of Russian football. Perhaps it’s difficult for players just to understand each other. And football needs playing in a command.

And of course the favorite sport of many women is figure skating. This is a very beautiful show. And here Russia is still the leader. Though it has had very worthy rivals in the last years. For example Chinese sportsmen who to my mind have good perspective. But don’t forget about Russian figure skaters. Today they are favorites at any competition. Besides figure skating is quickly getting popularity in the country. New ice rinks are opened, parents take their children to sport schools.

Actually many kinds of sport are popular in Russia. Both on a professional level and on an amateur one. Ski sport and volleyball are good examples here.

We should say some words about Russian supporters. Here we can call it a kind of sport too. The sense of empathy is inherent to Russians. The team spirit lives in them. That is why they are always ready to root with pleasure for their compatriots. Russians prepare for going and supporting their favorite team in advance. They buy flags which sometimes achieve great sizes. On the scarves, caps and even on paces – everywhere it’ll be possible to see the colours of Russian flag.

When you watch the competitions of the international level on TV then you’ll here through the voice of commentator the tribunes scanning “Rossya! Rossya!”. And no matter where the match takes places in Russia or in 1000 km from it you’ll anyway hear this. Russians are ready to overcome big distance to see the performance of their sportsmen.

Maybe that is strange but cheerleading in Russia is absent. Only for last years under the influence of American films this idea has started to get into the youth’s heads. So I think this kind of sport will soon develop here too.

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