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Ladlena and Vyacheslav Fetisova, Special Olympics Global Ambassadors

Ladlena Fetisova and Viacheslav Fetisov

Global Ambassadors


Sport (sport gymnastics), kids and youth coach (sport gymnastics), actress of both theater and cinema (14 movies).

2003 – Present - Chairman of Republic of Sport Foundation.

Republic of Sport Foundation is an official partner of UN Environment and National Geographic Society.

Married to Viacheslav Fetisov, daughter Anastasia.


A legendary Soviet ice hockey player, one of the best defensemen in the history of the world of ice hockey. In 1975 – 1989 he played in CSKA Red Army hockey club. Overall, he played 479 games and scored 153 goals in the USSR championship. From 1989 – 1994 he played in the USA for the New Jersey Devils, and from 1994 – 1998 for the Detroit Red Wings.

Sport Achievements

He has won all of the major trophies in the world of hockey:

  • World Champion 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990; silver medal 1987; bronze medal 1985 and 1991
  • Multiple European championship winner (9 championships)
  • Olympic Champion (1984, 1988), silver medal (1980)
  • Multiple USSR Champion 1977 – 1989 (13 years in the row)
  • Winner of the Stanley Cup (1997, 1998)
  • Winner of the Stanley Cup as a coach with the NJ Devils in 2000
  • Member of the NHL Hall of Fame and IIHF Hall of Fame. Member of the Centennial All-Star Team. Member of the Triple Gold Club.
  • Under Fetisov’s leadership, the Russian national team won the bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Government Service

Fetisov served as the Chairman of Goskomsport (State Committee for Physical Culture and Sport of the Russian Federation, then Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sport) from 2002 – 2008. From 2008 through 2016 he represented the Primorsky region in the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation upper chamber of the Russian Parliament) and was the first deputy chairman of the Senate Committee for Social Policy as well as the head of the Russian Senate delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2016 he was elected the Deputy of the State Duma (and holds the position of the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs. In October 2017 he was appointed as the State Duma

Special Envoy Interparliamentary and International Public organizations on the Development of Sport.

Fetisov used to be the Chairman of the WADA Athlete’s Committee and a member of the WADA Executive Committee for several years. Member of the Board of Directors of the Continental Hockey League.

Engagement with United Nations

He is a UNESCO Champion for Sport, awarded with Silver Olympic Order, UN Environment Patron for Polar Regions and UNWTO Tourism Ambassador.

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