Russian Synchronized Swimmer Elvira Khasyanova To Be Inducted Into International Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020


Russian synchronized swimmer, Elvira Khasyanova 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, April 25, 2020.  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

About the International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend:

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with ISHOF Honoree and Sullivan Award Winner, Debbie Meyer, and double Olympic gold-medalist and everyone’s favorite Olympic swimming broadcaster, Rowdy Gaines acting as co-emcees and hosts of the induction with multiple events spread out over two days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Make your plans now to attend the weekend of April 24-25, 2020!  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:

HONOR SWIMMERS: Brendan Hansen (USA), Michael Klim (AUS), Jon Sieben (AUS), Rebecca Soni (USA), and Daichi Suzuki (JPN)

HONOR DIVER: Matthew Mitcham (AUS)




HONOR COACH: Ursula Carlile (AUS) and David Marsh (USA)

HONOR CONTRIBUTOR: Bob Duenkel*(USA) and Peter Hürzeler (SUI)

In addition to the Class of 2020, two Honorees from the Class of 2019, who were unable to attend last year, will be present to be inducted. Honor Swimmer: Otylia Jedrzejczak (POL) and Honor Diver: Li Ting (CHN).

Get more information about this year’s induction class here and more information about Otylia Jedrzejczak and Li Ting.


The Induction Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 24, 2020

Paragon & ISHOF Awards Night

  • 5:30 pm Cocktails
  • 6:30 pm ISHOF and Paragon Awards

Saturday, April 25, 2020

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

  • 12-1:30 pm Luncheon

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


Ticket Information

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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 $279 per night

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Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

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

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $229 per night

Book your hotel through the group rate for ISHOF Honoree Ceremony

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