- Jan 17, 2014
Nice to hear this, but most commentators are among those who don't care much. The only exception I know is Johnny Weir who knows how to pronounce every Russian name, because he's fluent in Russian.
It’s not necessary to be fluent to learn to pronounce a name. Especially when you are a professional commentator and you are paid to do your job well. Medvedeva, Zagitova and Pogorilaya are important athletes and the commentators should do their homework to learn to pronounce their names. Before an event they know exactly who is performing, there aren’t too many of them in one televised program, so it should not be a rocket science for them.
If a US commentator (Andrea Joyce) consistently butchers Medvedeva’s name on each program then she shows her complete ignorance.