Russian Synchronized Swimmer Elvira Khasyanova To Be Inducted Into International Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2021


Russian synchronized swimmer, Elvira Khasyanova – now living in the United States, was a member of the Russian National Team from 1999 through 2011. She participated in three Olympic Games, winning gold medals in the team competition in 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.  She won the World Championships in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011 in the team and the free combination events, along with the European Championships in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010 in the same events.


Elvira Khasyanova with trophy Photo Courtesy: Elvira Khasyanova

Khasyanova announced her retirement in November 2012 and began a new role, working with Special Olympics   as the Director of Northern Europe and the Russia Region until she came to the United States in 2015.


Elvira Khasyanova with the Russian team at London in 2012 Photo Courtesy: Elvira Khasyanova

Come and meet Khasyanova person and hear her incredible life story at the ISHOF Induction dinner on Saturday, October 9, 2021.  Become an ISHOF Legacy Member and attend the ISHOF Induction Dinner for FREE.  Can’t attend the event? Please consider donating to ISHOF, support Khasyanova and our other inspirational Honorees.


Elvira Khasyanova and team mid-performance Photo Courtesy: Elvira Khasyanova

More About Elvira Khasyanova

Khasyanova began synchronized swimming at the age of seven in Moscow, Russia. She competed from 1994 to1998 on the Junior National Team winning the World and European Championship in the team event in 1996, and in both the team and duet events in 1998, before moving on to the Senior National team.


Elvira Khasyanova performing at the 2012 London Olympics Photo Courtesy: Elvira Khasyanova

After her stellar career in synchronized swimming, in 2015, she emigrated to the United States and began coaching with the Walnut Creek Aquanuts for the next year. She also became a USA National Team Assistant Coach in 2015. Currently, Khasyanova is an assistant coach at Stanford University, in Palo Alto. She is married and recently gave birth to a baby boy, Waris Singh Soni, on October 30 of this year.  They also have an older daughter, Sofia Elik who was born in 2013.


Elvira Khasyanova and her husband at their wedding Photo Courtesy: Elvira Khasyanova

Make your plans now to attend October 9, 2021!  ISHOF Members can purchase the Complete Weekend Package (see below) and save! (Get info on membership here.) Can’t attend the event? Donate to ISHOF to support our honorees.

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees include:

International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees
Brendan Hansen – Swimming
Rebecca Soni – Swimming
Elvira Khasyanova– Synchronized (Artistic) Swimmer
David Marsh – Coach
Bob Duenkel – ISHOF Contributor

Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees
Clay Britt – Swimming
David Cotton – Diving
Kerry O’Brien – Coach Contributor
Rose Cody – Artistic Swimming

Paragon and ISHOF Specialty Awards
Eddie Reese – 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
Teri McKeever – Competitive Swimming
Dave Burgering – Competitive Diving
Betty Hazle – Synchronized Swimming
Lynn Comer Kachmarik – Water Polo
Florence Werner – Recreational Swimming

The Induction Weekend Schedule

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Honoree Induction Day Luncheon – Meet Rowdy Gaines and go on a behind the scenes tour of the Aquatic Complex construction

  • 11:30-12:30 pm Luncheon Followed By Tour

Official 56th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner

    • 5:30 pm VIP Reception
    • 6:30 –10:00 pm Induction Ceremony & Dinner

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10 Person Table $3,500 and $5,000 (Prime location) options


Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and oceanside bar. Location of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-4000

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $259 per night

Book your group rate for International Swimming Hall of Fame


Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $169 per night

Honoree Ceremony October 9, 2021
Start Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2021
End Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Last Day to Book: Friday, September 15, 2021

Book your group rate for Honoree Ceremony October 2021

Questions: contact Meg Keller-Marvin at or 570-594-4367

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