|For the period of 1949-91 the Team was called the USSR Team; in 1992 it was called the CIS Team and since 1993 it has been the Team of Russia.
The Team was founded in 1949. It played the first official match in Prague (former Czechoslovakia) at the European Championships on September 11, 1949 with the team of Poland and won with the score of 3:0 (15:13, 15:4, 15:3).
The team has won the Olympic four times, the World Championships five times, the World Cup once, the Grand Prix three times, the World Grand Champions Cup once and the European Championships 17 times. No other team has had such results.
The real stars of world volleyball have played in the Russian team, namely: Alexandra Chudina, Militia Eremeeva, Liudmila Buldakova, Inna Ryskal, Rosa Salikhova, Nina Smoleeva, Valentina Ogienko and many others.
The team took silver at the 2004 Olympic Games.
After the 2004 Olympic Games some changes have occurred. Evgenia Artamonova, Elizaveta Tischenko and Elena Tiurina have left the team.
Maria Zhadan and Yulia Merkulova have enrolled the team as well as three players from the Junior National team such as Maria Borodakova, Ekaterina Kabeshova, Olga Sazhina and Pasynkova Alexandra.
The new, very young team placed third at last yearís European Championships.
I appreciate that after a little break our Women's National Team will take part in the Grand-Prix Final 2006. The opportunity to play with the strongest National Teams makes us aware of our own strength. As this tournament is held annually, itís also the best way to prepare for the Word Championships 2006. I hope for a successful performance of our womenís national team and also good training for the 2006 World Championships.