Soviet Union top ten athletes of the year

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Since a certain time until 1991 in the end of each year the Federation of Sports Journalists of the USSR held an inquest among its members to name top ten athletes of the year of the USSR. Here is a list of them.

List[edit]

1971[edit]

1972[edit]

Alphabetical order.

1973[edit]

1975[edit]

1979[edit]

Ordered by number of points:

  1. Boris Mikhailov (Athlete of the Year)
  2. Vladimir Salnikov
  3. Yurik Vardanyan
  4. Anatoly Karpov
  5. Alexander Dityatin
  6. Natalya Linichuk and Gennadi Karponossov
  7. Sergei Sukhoruchenkov
  8. Lyudmila Kondratyeva
  9. Galina Kulakova
  10. Nellie Kim

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

Announced on December 28, 1984.

1986[edit]

Announced on December 27, 1986.

1988[edit]

Ordered by number of points:[1]

  1. Vladimir Salnikov (Athlete of the Year)
  2. Sergey Bubka
  3. Arvydas Sabonis
  4. Vladimir Artemov
  5. Yuri Zakharevich
  6. Yelena Shushunova
  7. Alexei Mikhailichenko
  8. Tatyana Samolenko-Dorovskikh
  9. Tamara Tikhonova
  10. Gintautas Umaras

1989[edit]

Ordered by number of points:[2]

  1. Garry Kasparov (Athlete of the Year)
  2. Elena Välbe
  3. Fyodor Cherenkov
  4. Igor Korobchinsky
  5. Svetlana Boguinskaya
  6. Radion Gataullin
  7. Alexandra Timoshenko
  8. Igor Zhelezovski
  9. Israel Akopkokhyan (boxing)
  10. Alexander Karelin

1990[edit]

Ordered by number of points:[3]

  1. Garry Kasparov (Athlete of the Year)
  2. Elena Välbe
  3. Andrei Cherkasov
  4. Sergei Yuran
  5. Anatoly Khrapaty
  6. Jüri Jaanson
  7. Radion Gataullin
  8. Alexander Karelin
  9. Svetlana Boguinskaya
  10. Andrei Kurnyavka (boxing)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The country is proud of them - the world knows them". Sovetsky Sport (in Russian). 1988-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 in 1989". Sovetsky Sport (in Russian). 1989-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Top ten in 1990". Sovetsky Sport (in Russian). 1990-12-29. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Evelyn Mertin, Presenting Heroes. Athletes as Role Models for the New Soviet Person. In: The International Journal of the History of Sport 26(3)(Regional Issue: Europe, Regional Academic Editor: Thierry Terret), 2009, pp. 469–483.