Including their years competing as the Soviet Union, the Russian women’s team are the most successful in the history of women's volleyball. They won Olympic gold in the Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988 Games, and have also won the FIVB World Championship seven times and the European Championship 18 times. In addition to this success, the team triumphed in the 1973 FIVB World Cup and the 1997 FIVB Grand Champions Cup.
Russia’s more recent form has not quite matched their historic success. They only managed a fifth place finish at the 2014 World Championship and were knocked out by Serbia in the quarter-finals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Russia have won three FIVB World Grand Prix titles, but not in the last 14 years. Their titles were won in 1997, 1999 and 2002. With a total of three gold, six silver and four bronze medals, Russia are the third most successful team in the history of the competition. They trail behind Brazil and USA in terms of gold medals, but are second behind Brazil in the total number of medals won. Last year, Russia finished fourth in the 2016 Final Six in Bangkok and ninth in 2017, in Nanjing.