Alena Leonova's blog in English
Thanks for posting Mikhail! Let us know about all the Russian skaters! I like this girl. She has the great Irina's spunk! I'm sure Irina is who every Russian lady wants to be. I do like Ksenia much better though. She is so very elegant. Please tell us, what is Yags doing? How about Anton? I'd love to hear all about our wonderful skaters back in Russia. We see so few now here in USA.
princess9, I'm not that informed, I'm afraid I'm just a humble translator of Alena Leonova's site )
By the way, here's a new blog entry: http://en.alena-leonova.ru/blog/i_ju.../2010-05-17-17
It's not a blog entry but an interview taken in July.
Last edited by Ellen; 09-02-2010 at 06:27 AM.
Thanks for the news, Ellen. Could "Lednikovy period" be translated as "Stone Age"? That's the term we use for the early era of human development, when they lived in caves and used stone tools. Is that what the name of the show means? A friend of mine who is Russian-speaking (she's Bulgarian) watches Russian TV and has shown me extracts of this skating show on YouTube. She says that it's the equivalent of a show we have here, "Dancing with the Stars," in which celebrities do ballroom dancing with professional ballroom dancers. (Many of the pro dancers in this country are Russian and Eastern European. The number one heartthrob on the show is Maksim Chmerkovsky.) One clip I liked very much had Gordeyeva skating in that show. I'll look for clips of Yagudin.
How impressive that Sikharulidze is in the Duma! I'll have to look him up on Google.
I want to reply to Olympia, but sorry for the post off-topic.
Yes, the show was called 'Stars on Ice' first season, then re-named to 'Lednikovy period' which is "Stone Age" and also wordplay with Russian "Led" = "Ice" in English.
For those who likes Yagudin - this is one of my favourite program with Alexei, staged under a well-known movie/book "Snowstorm", Waltz by G. Sviridov.
Notice the juri: T.Tarasova, V. Piseev (Head of Russian FS federation), Anton Sikharulidze
And with Katya Gordeeva:
(skip first minute with interview in Russian)
and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNeH5fl6XDw staged by A.Zhulin
Last edited by Ellen; 09-03-2010 at 10:16 AM.
Thanks, Ellen, for the information and the links!
It's not "Stown Age", it's "Ice Age".
Correct! Thank you. I forgot that English word
Originally Posted by Fashionista
This show 'Ice Age' was really very interesting, as it was also a competition between two coaches Alexander Zhulin and Ilya Averboukh. The dances they staged were really masterpieces. I enjoy re-watch them from time to time. Skaters, not only from Russia, revealed their artistic skills that we could not see in full when they skated technically difficult sports dances.
OK, this is a separate topic of discussion.
Last edited by Ellen; 09-03-2010 at 04:29 AM.
I know it's a separate topic, but it's a wonderful one! I do wish that a mod could set up a thread, because I'm sure other fans would enjoy views and a discussion of this artistically designed show. It's amazing how seriously everyone takes the programs, from the choreographers to the celebrity contestants. Watching the routines makes me understand why Russian skating will always be so important and beloved around the world. It's not just the technique but the profound emotional and narrative connections skaters make with the music.
I apologize for leading us into error, by the way, Ellen. When you used the word "boulder" in your translation, I jumped to conclusions about what the phrase meant and asked the wrong question. Thanks for clearing things up, Fashionista.
:) Thanks. I also apologize in advance for my mistakes in English.
Originally Posted by Olympia
Yes, those Saturday nights when the 'Ice Age' show was on TV were delightful for my soul. It was also intriguing how judges would accept each dance, because the permanent judges were professionals: T. Tarasova, V. Piseev and A. Sikharulidze. Sometimes other skaters were invited to judge. Also they expressed their opinions about each dance, which were very emotional , especially Tatiana Tarasova's views.
I was one of those fans who sent sms to vote for my favourite pair.
Last edited by Ellen; 09-03-2010 at 01:30 PM.
Ellen, since you are Russian and live in Russia, I've been meaning to ask you are preparations already underway for the Sochi 2014 Olympics? I know this will be the very first time in history that Russia will be hosting them, so I'm curious to know ALL, and I do mean ALL, as I plan on attending them with my baby niece.
You can PM me if you want. I honestly hope to hear from you soon.
p.s. sorry for going off topic, my apologies.