UFC kiteboarder, drifter and fighter: 7 cool athletes you need to subscribe to

Team Toyota Russia already has fifteen athletes in thirteen sports. If you don’t have enough inspiration for training, subscribe to these guys on Instagram. We promise: in a couple of days you will want to get on a skate, go to the volleyball court or sit on the BMX.

Nikita Shikov - professional drifter, vice-champion of Formula Drift, two-time vice-champion of the Russian drift series, winner of the International Cup "Autoexotics" and athlete Team Toyota Russia. In 2005, Nikita saw a drift video on the Internet and wanted to do the same.

In 2007, he bought the standard Toyota Altezza and in 2008 took part in it in the first multi-stage Formula Drift championship. Nikita is sure that racing is life, and everything that happens before and after is just an expectation. Athlete's favorite spot for training is the Moscow Raceway racing track. Despite the harsh profession, Nikita’s idol is not at all some eminent racer, but Sergei Yesenin. Shikov’s helmet even contains lines dedicated to his beloved poet.

Just snowboarding is not enough. Meet Artyom Garashchenko, a professional kiteboarder, six-time Russian champion and four-time world champion in snowkiting (a sport in which an athlete rides a snowboard and performs tricks using a special wing and air flows). Artyom loves cool skiing locations: for example, he recently unfolded the southern slope of Rosa Khutor on a snowboard. Just the other day, the rider became the fourth at the world's largest kite race Red Bull Ragnarok, which takes place every year in Norway. Artyom proves by his example: if you love with your whole soul what you are doing, everything is possible.

Alexander Volkov is a UFC fighter, former Bellator heavyweight champion and living MMA legend. As a child, Alexander practiced karate, then mixed martial arts. In 2012, the fighter signed a contract with the American Bellator, which represents the best MMA fighters. Since 2016, Alexander has been collaborating with the UFC, and today he is the sixth among the best heavyweight fighters in the world. Almost the entire life of an athlete consists of training: before preparing for a fight, he trains twice a day, and then once a day.

Indeed, in order to achieve his goal - the UFC belt, he needs to work constantly. Photos with his wife and little son on Instagram help to slightly dispel the image of a terrifying fighter: the athlete devotes his free time to his family.

Irek Rizaev - BMX rider, champion Russia 2016 and 2017, bronze medalist of the 2017 World Cup. At 21, Irek is a member of the Russian BMX team and is constantly participating in international and Russian competitions. “There has never been such a thing as I thought: that's enough, I’m constantly burning with new tricks.

Like nine years ago, now,” says Irek. Daily training, constant attempts to do what does not work out, and classes in the gym are the basis of success, says the rider. On his Instagram, the athlete Red Bull and Team Toyota Russia shares a video of exciting tricks. We warn you, they cause an irresistible desire to try BMX on yourself!

Katya Shengelia is the most famous Russian skateboarder girl, winner of the Russian Skateboard Cham70ionshi88 2017 and 2018 and the stages of the World Cup in skateboarding, a participant in X-Games. “Skateboarding is all true.

My air and soul,” Katya cannot imagine her life without a skateboard, which she has been professionally engaged in since 2015. The athlete conquers skateparks around the world, and when the snow melts in Moscow, she loves to ride on the streets and open spots. Katya wants to add the Street League Skateboarding Cup and the Olympics medal to the collection of her awards.

Dmitry Musersky is the Olympic champion in volleyball, the central blocker of the Japanese club Santory Sunbirds and the Russian team. Volleyball player regularly gets into the ratings of the best blockers in the world.

" If you enjoy what you do and strive for excellence, then success will come," says Dmitry. He does not pursue titles, but does everything to achieve the highest skill. Dmitry takes the second place among the highest volleyball players in the world with a height of 218 centimeters - this is an important detail for volleyball. Dmitry actively leads Instagram - he likes to communicate with subscribers, answer questions and support young athletes. Since last year, Dmitry moved to Japan, to a new club, so he regularly uploads pictures against the backdrop of Japanese landscapes and the history of his victories and defeats.

In Russia there are many cool surfers. Nikita Avdeev is one of them. Nikita is 18 years old, and he already became the champion of Russia in 2018, took ninth place in the European Championship in the category of under 18 years old, created the Russian junior team in surfing and became its captain. Nikita is the first Russian surfer to represent Russia at the World Cup, and the first in qualifying competitions in the major surfing league. The athlete rides in Hawaii, in Portugal, dreams of winning the European Championship and the World Cup finals in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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