Alexandra Patskevich (synchronised swimming, Russia). Russian synchronised swimmers defended their title of being the best team in the world in 2016. Alexandra Patskevich won gold at the Olympics in Rio as part of the national team in the group competition.
Margarita Mamun (rhythmic gymnastics, Russia). Like their synchronised swimming compatriots, Russian rhythmic gymnasts have no equals. Margarita Mamun added to her seven world champion titles a gold medal from the Olympic Games in Rio.
Yana Kudryavtseva (rhythmic gymnastics, Russia). Yana is Margarita Mamun’s main rival – despite winning her 11th gold medal at the European championships, she had to “settle” for silver at the Olympics in Rio. She dropped her club at the very end of her performance, allowing Mamun to seize the gold. This was one of the most dramatic episodes that took place in the world of sports in 2016.
Evgenia Medvedeva (figure skating, Russia). This was they year of Evgenia Medvedeva in the world of figure skating. The 17-year-old Muscovite won nearly everything possible in the sport, breaking a couple of world records along the way. In 2016, she became the Russian, European and World champion, as well as the winner of the Gran Prix Final. Her skill on the ice is unparalleled.
Tatiana Kosheleva (volleyball, Russia). Russian volleyball has had more successful years in the past than the one in 2016, but, on a personal level, it was a good year for Tatiana. She won the CEV (Confédération Européenne de Volleyball) Cup as part of Krasnodar Dynamo; she also won bronze in the Russia Cup. While she didn’t win any medals with the Russian national team at the Olympics, we believe the 28 year-old athlete’s time will come.
Yana Egorian (fencing, Russia). Russian sabre fencer Yana Egorian was truly sensational in 2016, winning two Olympic gold medals in Rio in both the individual and team competition. She was even awarded the title of athlete of the year by the Russian Ministry of Sport.
Aliya Mustafina (artistic gymnastics, Russia). Mustafina is probably the most talented and athletic Russian gymnast of this generation. In 2016, she won yet another Olympic gold medal (Uneven Bars). She also won silver as part of the team all-around and a bronze in the individual competition.
Yulia Efimova (swimming, Russia). Yulia Efimova had a very tough and emotional year. Just a few days before the Summer Olympics in Rio, her right to participate was revoked, but she eventually was allowed to in the end. She won two silver medals in Rio (100m and 200m breaststroke). She also won at the prestigious tournament in Los Angeles in the month leading up to the Games.
Ekaterina Ilina (handball, Russia). Ekaterina Ilina made history in 2016 by winning gold along with her teammates at the Olympic Games – the first ever achievement of its kind in the history of Russian handball. Coached by Yevgeni Trefilov, the team became legends of the Rio Games.
This past year was a tough one, not just for Russian athletes, but for the entire world of sports. Scandals, controversies and investigations overshadowed a lot that was accomplished this year, except for one thing – beauty. Lenta.Ru decided to publish a gallery of the Russia's best looking gals of the sports world who made it big this year.