[CENTER]Well folks, once again it was one of those 100° in the shade days in Los Angeles, and I decided to spend about 20 minutes of my lunch hour at the rink to cool off. Had I known of what I was about to encounter, I would've snuk in a hidden camera. First, the usual stuff:
Frank was working with Yebin Mok (who seems to be getting taller every time I see her). The whole time I was there, they worked on nothing but spins, especially her Hammil Camel, which to these layman's eyes, is looking really good. There were a couple of other skaters practicing who I didn't recognize. Timothy Goebel was also there, but not on the ice. He was in the workout area doing stretching excercises. He left about five minutes after I got there.
And now for the BIG surprise.
As I'm sitting there observing Yebin's lesson, I heard a couple of women talking in a foreign language a few feet away. I looked up, and low and behold, seated two tables away from me are nonother than Viktoria Volchkova and her mother enjoying a snack. What on earth they were doing in El Segundo, I have no idea. I certainly haven't heard any news about her moving out here. Perhaps they were just vacationing, and she wanted to get in a little practice time. I would've given anything to be able to understand Russian at that moment. After about 10 minutes, she takes her bag full of workout stuff and goes into the section that's cordoned off for those purposes (where Timothy Goebel had just left), while her mother sat there and wiped off her skates. First she did a few stretches, and then proceeded to jump rope(!) It was at this point that I really had to make an effort not to stare. Although she isn't nearly as busty as she looks when she's wearing those costumes with lots of underwiring, she was still quite a stunner. Also, she isn't nearly as tall as she looks on TV, probably because she wasn't standing next to Irina or Cupcake.
Not wanting to overstay my welcome (or give the wrong impression), I exited the place while Yebin was in the middle of a layback spin. I still haven't run into Jenny Kirk or her sister yet, but this time, I'm not complaining. [/CENTER]