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    Quote Originally Posted by Ptichka View Post
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    BTW, I just made a correction - the son's name is apparently Trysten, not Tristan - I couldn't tell by the Russian version.

    what is the Russian version??

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    Ptichka, Thanks so much for the translation. There's a whole movie script or 3 in her story.

    Does anyone know what Oleg Shliakov is doing today, BTW? I hope to heck he is not coaching.

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    Ptichka, thanks for the translation.

    All along I felt that S&P stole B&S' gold medal thunder.

    I just loved this.
    When Anton saw him, he said, “High, Trysten, I’m you grandpa Anton”. So he’s called grandpa now

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    Thank you for the translation. I always felt so bad for Elena during the aftermath of 2002. Anton tried to put on a good face but heartbroken was written all over Elena. I still miss Elena and Anton's skating after all of these years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Does anyone know what Oleg Shliakov is doing today, BTW? I hope to heck he is not coaching.
    The only think I found was this excerpt from an interview Vasiliev did back in 2003 - http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?64714:

    … In particular, I worked with Oleg Shliahkhov after he parted ways we Elena Berezhnaya and started skating with another partner.

    You like to take risks, I guess.

    I heard that a lot while considering the Latvian federation proposal. The first thing I did was to call Moskvina to ask for her advice – Tamara Nikolayevna coached Berezhnaya and Shliakhov up until the moment Oleg’s blade sliced Lena’s temple. She said, “No way!”

    Why?

    Oleg is not really psychologically healthy. He is sometimes completely out of control. Besides Moskvina, I was also warned by Alexander Matveev who choreographed the kids’ programs. I then called the Latvian federation and told them I just wasn’t up to the challenge. They responded, “We know. That’s why we’re offering good money.

    So I thought why not? After all, it’s a great chance to prove myself. If I can keep this man in check, I’ll probably be able to work with any athlete.

    Was it a challenging task?

    It was a nightmare. I’ve still not had to deal with anything as difficult in my coaching career. Working with a completely unpredictable personality requires constant vigilance. I didn’t take my eyes off Oleg the whole six months we worked together. During that time, he didn’t let go once, though he was often very close. As a result, they fulfilled their task at the World championships. They passed qualification, and, if I remember right, came 18th.

    Where you offered to continue?

    I never even discussed that. Six months was quite enough for me.

    Also found this at here - http://byaki.net/2006/12/20/elena_be...harulidze.html
    You ask what happened to Oleg Shliakhov?

    Nobody knows for sure. After the accident, his new coach Maria Jezak-Athey and her husband let him stay with them and train. At the 97 Worlds, Oleg who dreamed of sports glory and his new partner Elena Sirokhvatova only came 20th


    Here is their page at pairsonice: http://www.pairsonice.net/record.php...va&m=Shliakhov; B&S came 9th at those same '97 Worlds.

    Sirokhvatova went on to compete with Salmanovs - http://www.pairsonice.net/record.php...ova&m=Salmanov
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Ptichka, Thanks so much for the translation. There's a whole movie script or 3 in her story.

    Does anyone know what Oleg Shliakov is doing today, BTW? I hope to heck he is not coaching.

    Not be be violent...but I hope to heck someone beat the crap out of him!! Sorry but punching a women...so not cool...what a loser!!

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    Thank you Ptichka; I am so happy that she is so happy with steven and Trysten. And felt hard done by media on their Olympic gold and certainly agree with her on the canadians not finishing in the top 3 after the sp.

    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Ptichka, Thanks so much for the translation. There's a whole movie script or 3 in her story.

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    I certainly agree with you on this, they can make at least three movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillylionlove View Post
    Not be be violent...but I hope to heck someone beat the crap out of him!! Sorry but punching a women...so not cool...what a loser!!
    To me, what was more shocking was Elena's description of people's reactions at CSKA and Riga (there will always be psychopaths like Shliakhov; it's the society's response to them that mark the civilized people). Sure, they didn't approve or anything, but it wasn't so beyond the pale as to not end up looking away. And even though she's describing the Petersburg rink as being so supportive, I am not all that sure that everyone would continue reacting the same way if it weren't for Sikharulidze. Anton is a natural and charismatic leader who certainly set the mood among everyone of trying to protect Elena. I am not too sure people even in Petersburg would not have looked the other way without this.

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    Ptichka, Thanks for the further details about Shliakov. I had always assumed that when Elena's head was hit by Shliakov's skate that it was an accident. Anything else was unthinkable. However, after reading Elena's account, I wonder whether it was another assault...

    BTW, what part of the body is the 'dome' that they are referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Ptichka, Thanks for the further details about Shliakov. I had always assumed that when Elena's head was hit by Shliakov's skate that it was an accident. Anything else was unthinkable. However, after reading Elena's account, I wonder whether it was another assault...
    I still think it was an accident. However, I also think that he was more careless than a normal partner would be, and that he was probably paying even less attention than usual in his aggrevated state.

    BTW, what part of the body is the 'dome' that they are referring to?
    http://onlineslangdictionary.com/definition+of/dome - dome is English slang for "head". I wanted to use a slang word because the expression Elena used contained slang (which she does not normally use in her speech). thesaurus.reference.com gave me the following slang options for head: attic, belfry, dome, noggin, think tank, and thinker. After eliminating the options that really refer to the brain as opposed to the head, I settled on "dome".

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    Maybe bean would be closest then?

    As in the childhood song done to Battle Hymn of the Republic
    "Glory Glory Hallelujah
    Teacher hit me with a ruler:
    I bopped her on the bean with a rotten tangerine
    And the juice came dripping down."

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    I just read this...I dont think i can thank you enough for this Ptichka, I had not clue about her life and what was happening with her old partner, i have known helena skating only with anton, i dont know what is more shocking for me -what some athletes have been through to reach the top places, how that olev could serve a sport like figure skating and why he is not in jail , or how the russian co athletes (did not ) reacted to this situation.

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    Thanks so much for the translation Ptichka! Elena has such an interesting story.

    Quote Originally Posted by gold12345 View Post

    Elena and Anton will always be one of my favorite pairs ever. I hated what they had to go through after the 2002 Olys... I laughed when I read the part where Elena admits she and Anton didn't think Sale/Pelletier would be in the top 3!
    I really like them too! No one skates like them anymore. That was pretty funny, but this was the line that really got me laughing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ptichka View Post
    Fetisov said to us, “Guys, my wife said – how can you compare a Honda with a Mercedes? You’re the best!”

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    Thank you very much for the long translation, PTICHKA

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    AMAZING read!!!

    And i just re-watched their 2002 olympics programs, and WOW is all i can say! and yea seriously, S/P should've been second... i never changed my mind about this even after 7 years.

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