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Secrets of champions: what the most spectacular tattoos mean in Russian sports

Eminent athletes who win world championships and the Olympics are people just like you and me. They want to express themselves not only on the sports grounds, but also in everyday life. And there is no need to talk about girls-athletes: they always want to look great.

One of the possible means of self-expression is spectacular tattoos. Not everyone dares to do them. But those champions who did take the risk obviously did it for a reason, because the drawings on the body perfectly complement their images. We have collected seven of the most spectacular tattoos and revealed their secrets.

Anastasia Davydova's butterflies

Five-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming and general secretary of the Russian Olympic Committee Anastasia Davydova is the owner of one of the most elegant tattoos in world sports. The entire back from the left shoulder to the right thigh of the athlete is crossed by a string of 17 butterflies of different colors, shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the pictures that show the whole drawing are too frank. But one of the butterflies can be seen in the photo from everyday life.

Anastasia got a tattoo in 2004. She looks very impressive, especially in pictures for fashion magazines. However, spectators almost never saw butterflies at competitions. The thing is that during the performances the girl covered the tattoo with tonal cream.

Jungle of Svetlana Kryuchkova

It often happens that a person who has applied one picture to his skin wants more and more new tattoos. The story of volleyball player Svetlana Kryuchkova is proof of this.

Secrets of champions: what the most spectacular tattoos mean in Russian sports

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In honor winning the 2006 World Cup, the girl stuffed a colored panther on her right hand. And after a few years, the animal found itself in a real jungle. A single tattoo has turned into a whole sleeve. Looks impressive!

Secrets of champions: what the most spectacular tattoos mean in Russian sports

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Secrets of champions: what the most spectacular tattoos mean in Russian sports

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Svetlana Kuznetsova's wings

Another tattoo lover in Russian sports is the famous tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova. On her skin there are half a dozen different designs and inscriptions applied at different times. There is a cupid on my chest, a star on my forearm, inscriptions Pain does not kill me, I kill pain, Only God is our judge in our arms. But the most mesmerizing, perhaps, is the wings on the back.

Tattoo is very personal. And everyone perceives it differently. I have different tattoos and I don't really like to discuss them. Each of them means something to me. I take them as part of myself, part of history... But do not think that every time I read what is written on my wrist, - Svetlana admitted in an interview with the Sport-Express portal.

Symbols of Lyaysan Utyasheva

Russian gymnast Lyaysan Utyasheva also applied several tattoos to her skin at once. Moreover, most of them are truly mysterious. On the neck of the athlete there is an inscription Successful, that is, successful. But there is also a more interesting interpretation of this inscription. For a long time the mascot of the young athlete was the perfume Success presented to her, and so Laysan always remembers them.

Secrets of champions: what the most spectacular tattoos mean in Russian sports

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The athlete has a six-pointed star on her right hand, and a black panther on her left. And on her stomach - an eye with wings - the athlete's amulet, which she applied at the age of 16, secretly from her mother.

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Rose and the Olympic emblem of Yana Kudryavtseva

Gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva also could not resist the temptation to get a small tattoo. There are two drawings on the left wrist of the athlete.

On one side - a rose flower, on the other is the emblem of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where the girl won a silver medal.

Tiger of Anastasia Savchenko

Russian pole vaulter Anastasia Savchenko is known to fans of athletics not only for her victory at the Universiade in Kazan, but also for her magnificent tattoo. A tiger flaunts on the girl's back. But photographers need to try to capture it.

Secrets of champions: what the most spectacular tattoos mean in Russian sports

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Secrets of champions: what the most spectacular tattoos mean in Russian sports

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Dragon Anastasia Yankova

Russian participant of MMA fights Anastasia Yankova is considered by many to be the most beautiful girl in the world of mixed martial arts. Surely fans are attracted by the numerous tattoos on the body of the athlete. And Nastya keeps stuffing them!

Eight years ago there were only four drawings : quote from Muhammad Ali Flutter like a butterfly, sting like a bee, a key, a favorite flower - a lotus, and a dragon girl on her arm.

Several more images have appeared over the years. The strongest of which is carp climbing up the waterhell. This is a symbol of devotion to the path chosen in life, hard work and dedication. Anastasia started getting this tattoo after her first defeat in the professional ring. From the latter - the snakes on the back, favorite by the sportswoman. Although there is a feeling that very soon the girl will show everyone something else.

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