Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
It's great to hear about all these skaters. I also have a special fondness for Petrenko, even though he wasn't one of my top faves in terms of his skating. (I admired it but loved Browning and Wylie better.) As a man, Viktor takes the gold medal. He's been active in funding children's health care in the Ukraine, for example. (Remember, Chernobyl is in the Ukraine, and many children were affected.) His many other kindnesses through the years are inspiring. I'm also glad to hear about Urmanov. I love that he can still do all the things he teaches.

Thanks for starting this thread!
You're so welcome, Olympia! and I *completely* share your sentiments about Petrenko. He is a man with a heart of gold as well as an Olympic gold medal.