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WOMEN
RUSSIA
TEAM OFFICIALS
Manager:
Andrey Erkhov
Coach: 
Sergey Ovchinnikov
Assistant coach: 
Igor Kurnosov
Doctor:
Pavel Klimovskiy
Physiotherapist:
Nikolay Semenychev
One of volleyball’s traditionally strong teams, the world
champions (competing as USSR, EUN and Russia) have won
the Olympic title four times, theWorld Championship seven
times, the World Cup and the World Grand Champions Cup
once, the World Grand Prix three times and the European
Championship 17 times.
Russia took silver at the 2004 Olympic Games, after which
a number of changes took place, leading to a terrific year
in 2006. They placed second in theWorld Grand Prix before
winning the World Championship. But they were unable to
maintain their form and after finishing fifth in the Beijing
Olympics, a number of young players were drafted in to
help regenerate the team.
Vladimir Kuzyutkin was appointed coach in 2009 and
Russia won World Grand Prix silver before defending their
World Championship title superbly in 2010. The build up to
London has not been the smoothest following Kuzyutkin’s
surprise resignation last year. With Sergey Ovchinnikov
in charge, Russia were unsuccessful in qualifying for the
Olympics at the continental level, booking their place at
the final qualification event in Japan. The return of Evgenia
Estes (nee Artamonova), the second most experienced
women’s player participating in her sixth straight Olympic
Games, will hopefully add some much needed stability.
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
9
OLYMPIC GAMES BEST RESULT* OLYMPIC GAMES LAST RESULT
9
COACH
Serguey Ovchinnikov (RUS)
Birthdate: 25.01.1969
Languages: RUS
With this team:
Coaching debut: 09.11.2011 v SVK
Number of matches: 19
Sergey Ovchinnikov stepped in as coach of the Russian
women’s team at the end of 2011 following the resignation
of Vladimir Kuzyutkin and has been tasked with helping
Russia clinch their fifth gold medal and first since 1988.
It is the first time the 43-year-old will take charge of a
national team, however he will not be unfamiliar with
many of the players having acted as assistant coach at the
2009 European Championships. A former coach of Dinamo
Krasnodar he was appointed to the helm of Russian
powerhouse Dinamo Moscow earlier this year.
1
st
5
th
1988
2008
4x
LAST:
4 5
*including URSS results