Andriy Shevchenko Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko is a Ukrainian football striker who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League. Shevchenko began his career in the youth team at Dynamo Kyiv and soon played in the first team. He won five consecutive domestic league titles from 1994–99. Shevchenko played for A.C. Milan from 1999–2006, scoring 127 goals in 208 appearances and becoming the club's second-highest all-time goal scorer. He joined Chelsea in Shevchenko won the 2004 European Footballer of the Year award, and was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in He was named a starting striker on the 2005 FIFPro World XI team, and is the second-highest goal scorer of all-time in European club competitions with 59 goals, behind only Gerd Müller. Contents
Yana Klochkova Yana Klochkova is the most successful medley swimmer of the first decade of the 21st century. She had her international breakthrough at the 1998 World Championships in Perth, winning a silver medal in the 400 m medley. At the Sydney Olympics, she outclassed her opponents in both medley events, and added a silver in the 800 m freestyle. In 2001 and 2003, she added three world titles in medley events, and one in the 400 m freestyle. At the Athens Games, she retained both her medley titles, becoming the first repeat winner in both events. She concluded her career later in Apart from the aforementioned titles, Klochkova has also won 6 short course world titles, 10 European titles and 9 European short course titles. Klochkova, who was named Swimmer of the Year in 2004, returned to the Beijing Olympics as the flagbearer of the Ukrainian team.
Klitschko brothers Vitali Klitschko, older brother, is the current WBC world heavyweight champion. He has the highest knockout percentage (95%) of any heavyweight boxing champion in overall fights. He also holds the distinction of being a three time world heavyweight champion, having previously held the WBO and WBC titles, and has never been knocked out or knocked down in any professional boxing bout. Vitali is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a Ph.D. (in sports science). His younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko, is a Ukrainian heavyweight boxer. Klitschko is the unified IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Champion of the world.
Liliya Podkopayeva Liliya Podkopayeva is the 1996 Olympic all-around champion. She is widely regarded as one of the best gymnasts in history. She is the proud owner of 45 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze medals.
Anna Bessonova Anna Bessonova is the number one rhythmic gymnast in Ukraine. In 2007, Bessonova became world champion at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Patras winning the all-around gold medal. She won the bronze individual all around medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Olympics. Over the course of her career she has won 24 World Championship medals, 2 Olympic medals, 24 European Championship medals and 10 World Cup medals (60 in total).
Sergey Bubka Serhiy Bubka is six times world champion (between 1983 and 1997), European champion in 1986 and Olympic champion in He broke the world record for men's pole vaulting 35 times (17 outdoor and 18 indoor records). He was the first to clear 6.0 metres and the first and only to clear 6.10 metres (20 ft). He holds the current outdoor world record of 6.14 metres (20 feet 1 3/4 inches), set on 31 July 1994 in Sestriere, Italy and the current indoor world record of 6.15 meters, set on 21 February 1993 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Oksana Baiul Oksana Baiul is a Ukrainian professional figure skater. She is the 1994 Olympic champion in ladies' singles and the 1993 World champion.
Vasyl Virastyuk Vasyl Virastyuk is a strongman competitor from Ukraine. He competed in the finals of the World's Strongest Man contest in 2003 (3rd place) and 2004 (1st place). As well he won the 2007 IFSA Strongman World Championship.