I dunno. And yeah, Potatoes..."Masha" just sounds really...umm...different to me, I guess. I prefer Maria myself.
And what do they call that Yagudin guy again? Seems like there's a nickname/diminuitive (sp) for every Russian name, it seems.
RD, I would estimate about 90-95% of Slavic names have a diminutive version, some have more than one.
In the case of Alexei, you have 2 possibilities for a "shorter" version: Lyosha (4 letters in Russian), Alyosha (5 letters). He can also be called Lyokha (4 letters), Lyoshka (5), Aleshka (6). The last 3 are more of a "familiar" names - friends would call you that. You can have "endearing" names - Aleshen'ka, Leshen'ka, etc. These are for little kids and something that moms and girfriends would use to address a guy with name Alexei.
I read somewhere that Yagudin prefers to be called "Yashka" - which is familiar version of a diminutive for Yakov/Jacob. That I don't get. Must be an inside story.
I should also add, that even if a name does not have a "shorter" version (like Ilya, Marina) - you can always "convert" the name into an endearing or a familiar version.
How about that?
that's interesting. I've heard Russians address Yagudin as "Lyosha" (couldn't remember it though). I think I've also heard "Alyosha".
But I understand. It's the same with a lot of guys and a certain (female) skater who I shall not name here. And I don't agree with them, either.
Cmon RD. You love it. Talk about the Ladies is your only bag for figure skating. Many female posters are right with you, and will only care at the Ladies Division.
I do only care about the ladies. It seems to me that you think it's a bad thing. Better than not liking skating at all, I suppose...
But Red Dog, all the hot ladies are in ice dancing!
OSFM, Pairs and Dance have ladies, that would be included IMO.