However, I just did a search for the surname Pogorilaya on both Google (an advanced search for results without the word "Anna" in them), and on vKontakte. And most of the results coming up are of people from the Ukraine, or at least living in Russia, but near the Ukrainian border.
But, of the options available to him, I think Misha has definitely gone down the right route with skating for Uzbekistan!
I have to say, I loved the way Olympia described Misha as " a walking, talking United Nations"!
When I read the phrase, I instantly thought of Nicole Scherzinger. Imagine if she was a figure skater rather than a singer. Who would she represent?
- the USA (via her Mum being half-Hawaiian);
- Russia (via her Mum being half-Russian);
- the Philippines (via her Dad being of Filipino descent);
- Germany (via her step-Dad being of German descent)
Now, I admit that I know nothing about this sort of thing, but I have a feeling that US military bases are classed as American territory, and as such are run under American law rather than local law. Therefore, any babies born on the base are still classed as being American.
On the other hand, with a surname like Wagner, she is bound to have German blood in her anyway! But, I am not sure if it is recent enough in itself to entitle her to German nationality.
But, as Carolina was my first skating crush, I don't want to see her retire any time soon!!!