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    Skaters Ethnicity

    I'm curious about skaters ethnicity and parental origins and if they speak fluently the language of their parents. Please could you add if you know other infos or correct wrong info! Thanks!

    Michelle Kwan = Parents are Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong; she speaks Cantonese and some conversational Mandarin.
    Caroline Zhang = Her parents are from Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central-eastern China. Does she speak Cantonese or Mandarin??
    Kristi Yamaguchi = Japanese heritage, don't think she speaks Japanese
    Mirai Nagasu = Parents were born in Japan; fluent in Japanese
    Sasha Cohen = Her mother is a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine. She does speak Russian, I don't know if she does speak also Ukrainian, but if she speaks Russian she may understand Ukrainian.
    Tara Lipinski = Parents are Polish. I think she does speak Polish.
    Angela Nikodinov = Fluent in Bulgarian
    Alissa Czisny = She may be of Hungarian descent, but I don't think she speaks Hungarian
    Juliana Cannarozzo = Her surname is Italian, I don't know if she speaks that language though.
    Evan Lysacek = Religiously he is Greek Orthodox. I don't know his heritage.
    Elvis Stojko = Slovenian father and Hungarian mother
    Brian Boitano = Italian-American

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    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post

    Tara Lipinski = Parents are Polish. I think she does speak Polish.
    A Polish newspaper looked into that some years ago and concluded that she only knew a few words, mostly food related.

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    Thanks Mafke!! At least she won't be hungry if she goes to visit Poland!

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    Kristi Yamaguchi is a 3rd or 4th generation japanese so she doesn't speak Japanese.

    Ashley Wagner was born in Germany but I don't think her parents are from Germany. I read somewhere that her father was in the Military so he must have been stationed in Germany when Ashley was born.


    Angela Maxwell, the US jr skater is half Japanese.

    Kristine Musademba is a half Philipino and half african.

    Bebe Liang sounds chinese american.

    Mira Leung..... ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    Tara Lipinski [/B]= Parents are Polish. I think she does speak Polish.

    Check this out. I believe mother is Irish

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    I'm curious about skaters ethnicity and parental origins and if they speak fluently the language of their parents. Please could you add if you know other infos or correct wrong info! Thanks!
    Careful Gio - most Americans I know do not have both parents from the same ancestral heritage.

    I think the one Native American is Naomi Lange, but I think that Lange is probably German.

    In ballet there have been some great Native American balerinas.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by ks777 View Post
    Ashley Wagner was born in Germany but I don't think her parents are from Germany. I read somewhere that her father was in the Military so he must have been stationed in Germany when Ashley was born.

    yup, that's how it works, they were stationed her in Alaska for a while too

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    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    ... Sasha Cohen = Her mother is a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine. She does speak Russian, I don't know if she does speak also Ukrainian, but if she speaks Russian she may understand Ukrainian.
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    I always heard that Sasha Cohen understood Russian, but didn't speak it very well. IIRC, Tarasova mentioned that she could speak to Sasha in Russian, but Sasha always responded in English.

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    Evan Lysacek = Religiously he is Greek Orthodox. I don't know his heritage.

    Is Evan Greek Orthodox? How do you know that?
    I am Greek Orthodox. I don't know of any Greek Orthodox, who is not Greek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Check this out. I believe mother is Irish

    Joe
    It is my understanding that Tara's mother is Irish-American and her father is of Polish descent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgia View Post
    Is Evan Greek Orthodox? How do you know that?
    I am Greek Orthodox. I don't know of any Greek Orthodox, who is not Greek.
    According to his bio on Wikipedia, Evan's religion is Greek Orthodox. However, I believe he is of Czech or Slovak descent. I don't believe a Greek Orthodox church will throw you out if you are not Greek.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evan_Lysacek.

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    Bebe Liang, Caroline Zhang and Mira Leung are all ethnically Chinese.

    Bebe and Caroline have surnames originating from mainland China, whereas Mira is cantonese (Hong Kong area). Caroline speaks almost fluent Mandarin and I believe Bebe has some as well.

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    I'm jealous of anyone who speaks multiple languages. That's never been my strong suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    It is my understanding that Tara's mother is Irish-American and her father is of Polish descent.
    Really? Wasn't Tara's mother's maiden name Brozyniak?

    (Tara was, however, named after Scarlet O'hara's house.)
    Last edited by Mathman; 11-21-2007 at 09:25 PM.

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    Evan Lysacek is also part Italian on his mother's side. I read her maiden name was Santoro. So he's a basic American mutt!

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