Artamonova - Fearless and
Fearsome for Russia
Russian tour de force Evgenia Artamonova is perhaps
the best evidence of Russian coach Nikolai Karpol's
claim that Russians are pre-programmed by their speed,
agility and build to be exceptional Volleyball players.
Discovered at just eight-years-old in 1982, she has
gone on to become one of the great talents of the
Russian side. "Zhenja" has become one of the
most fearsome outside hitters in international
Artamonova, who wears the shirt number 8 and a
towering 191 cm, has learnt to use her elevation and
reach skills to perfection and observers say that she
makes contact with the ball, perhaps higher than any
Her impressive list of achievements includes two
Olympic silver medals (1992 and 2000), one World
Championship silver and one bronze and four European
Championship titles. She has also collected a bunch of
personal awards for Most Valuable Player and Best
Attacker in international tournaments.
At the 2002 World Grand Prix she was voted MVP as well
as finishing third in the top scorer ranking.