We have some sports documentaries to license worldwide: Legends of Russian Sport
FOOTBALL / SOCCER
Lev Yashin -The Goalkeeper
Documentary – 30 min
The legendary Lev Yashin is the best goalkeeper of all time, rivalled only by Gordon Banks. He nearly gave up football in favour of ice hockey in 1953 after playing second-fiddle to Alexei ‘Tiger’ Khomich at Dynamo Moscow but eventually he gained a place in the first team and from then on never looked back. His fantastic performances earned him 75 caps for the Soviet Union winning the 1956 Olympic gold and the 1960 European championship as well as finishing third in the 1966 World Cup finals and winning the 1963 European player of the year award.
ICE HOCKEY & FOOTBALL
Vsevolod Bobrov, ice hockey & football star
Documentary – 30 min
Every match in which Bobrov played made it a spectacle worth watching. His quick thrusts and shots at the goal caused panic among the defencemen of the opposing team. He was really a one-man show… Vsevolod Bobrov is the only person in world history who was the captain of both the football and hockey Olympic teams. He led his hockey team to Olympic victory in 1956, the world championship in 1954 and 1956, and the European championship in 1954-1956. Many times he and his team won the national title and the USSR Cup in football, ice hockey, and bandy. Journalists have often described him as a “sports genius”.
Documentary – 30 min
Title: “Fame on the edge of skates”
Soviet figure skater, who won three successive Olympic gold medals with her pairs partners, Alexei Ulanov and then Alexsandr Zaytsev. She also won eleven European pairs championships, making her the most successful pairs skater in history.
Ludmila Pahomova- Prominent figure skater .
Documentary – 30 min
Lyudmila Pakhom was an ice skating champion from USSR. She and her partner, Alexandr Gorshkov, began skating competitively in 1967. A personal relationship led to their marriage. They were world champions from 1971 to 1974 than in 1976 they won their fifth world championship followed by the first Gold Medal awarded for ice dancing at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Lyudmila Pakhomova died of cancer in 1986. She was inducted posthumously along with her husband into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Irina Moiseeva & Andrei Minenkov -Famous figure skating pair
Documentary – 30 min
This documentary features prominent figure skaters Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov. With some effort, Moiseeva remembered the days when she and her husband competed. She recalled how hard it was to compete in the Soviet Union in the 1970s because of the abundance of very strong teams. Now, I think, there is not enough of those, she says. In the 70s, their style was shaped mostly by coach Tatiana Tarasova, who trained them for 10 years, starting in 1969. She got the pair when they were very small, 14 years of age. The documentary encompasses much of archival video depicting Soviet ice skating training school. Also the video of Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov in 1976…
A brilliant couple Irina Moiseeva and Andrey Minenkov admired their art in sports dancing on ice. They were world champions in 1975 and 1978, won silver medals at the 1976 Olympics and bronze in 1980. Their dance “Romeo and Juliet” was unique … The film uses a lot of archival video materials, where Irina and Andrey, still teenagers, are trained by Tatyana Tarasova. Also in the movie are the couple’s performances at the Olympic Games in 1976, an interview with Irina and Andrey these days.
Anatoly Tarasov – The father of Russian hockey
Anatoly Tarasov has left us a unique perspective on the history and development of hockey in his homeland. In this, his last book before his death in 1995, he provides a fascinating and informal assessment of the Russian and Canadian styles of hockey through the eyes of a world-famous coach. In an intimate context, Tarasov also talks candidly about players from Russia and other European and North American countries. Tarasov reveals how the Russian players were trained, both technically and tactically, on their way to becoming a dominate force in the world of international hockey. In explaining how the Russian players prepared to defeat the North Americans, including teams from the National Hockey League, he exposes the weaknesses and praises the strengths of the Canadian style of play.
Valery Kharlamov – the best Soviet ice hockey winner
Vladislav Tretiak – one of the best goalkeepers in the history of world hockey.
At the age of 18, he won his first gold at the World Championship in 1970 and remained top-ranked Soviet goalie until his retirement in 1984. Being an extremely gifted athlete, Tretiak was a classy goaltender with an amazing consistency in virtually every game he played for his Red Army Club and Team USSR. Besides his impressive performance in competitions, he was famous for his great ethics and hard work in training. Tretiak was respected by all hockey opponents he had to play against. Despite numerous offers, he never got a chance to play in the NHL. Tretiak was the first Soviet player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto (1989).
Anatoli Firsov – Soviet hockey
The leading scorer in the 1968 Olympics with 12 goals and 4 assists in seven games. After his playing and coaching days were over he moved into politics and became a member of the Russian Parliament in 1990. Firsov is one of only 4 players to have his number retired in Soviet hockey (Bobrov, Tretiak and Kharlamov being the others). Firsov was perhaps faster than Kharlamov, who of course wowed Canadian audiences with awesome speed. It was Firsov’s scoring exploits that helped establish the Soviet Union’s dominance of the international hockey scene… It was revealed that Firsov had contacted Larry Regan in 1968. Regan was then the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings and they were holding discussions concerning Firsov’s defection from the Soviet Union and playing in the National Hockey League. The arrangement fell through, as it is believed Russian authorities must have learned of this possibility. In the suppressed Communist Soviet Union, the story has never been revealed until Gorbachev’s Glasnost.
Vladimir Salnikov – He is regarded as one of the greatest distance freestyles of all time….Salnikov first emerged into the world swimming scene at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. At age 15, Salnikov became the first Soviet swimmer to make the Olympic finals in the 1500-meter freestyle with a fifth-place finish.
Yuri Vlasov – He was the super heavyweight world champ in weight-lifting (1959, 1961, 1962, 1963), Olympic super-heavyweight champ (1960), silver medallist (1964). He set many weight-lifting records and was nicknamed “the strongest man on Earth”. Yuri Vlasov was young Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role model. Yuri Vlasov presents himself as “patriot” fighting both Communism and the Zionist conspiracy against the Russian people. He participated in December 1995, parliamentary elections on the list of the leftist Power to the People movement….
Elena Petushkova – honoured master of sports, champion of the world and of Olympic games, Member of Bureau of the International Federation of Equestrian Sport, 13-times champion of the USSR, PhD. in biology. Senior Judge of the Equestrian Ball in Sokolniki.
Anatoly Karpov – a living legend of the chess; he dominated the world of the chess for over a decade and he is the largest winner of tournaments of the history of the chess, with more than 160 due tournaments. Karpov is considered the best positional player of the history of chess. He is the creative artist of countless games considered true works of art.
Elena Muhina – The deserved foreman of sports, Absolute Champion of the World and command championship, Silver prize-winner of a Championship of the World of 1978 in exercises on bars, log, and free exercises. A winner of the World Cup -1977 in exercises on bars and log. Champion of Europe on a log, bars, and free exercises. A silver medal in all-around events and bronze in a basic jump. Awarded with an award “Sign of Honor “, a silver sign of Olympic award of International Olympic Committee.
Vioctor Kapitonov – cycling
Ludmila Turizhava – gymnastics
Alexander Tihonov – biathlon
Elena Vaizehovskaya – water jumping
Anatoly Starostin – pentathlon