Wednesday, July 31, 2013

...and Makar gets "arrested"!

Oh that Makar!  Always in the middle of the action--as Zhenya once quipped!!
In her own words (via GoogleTranslate, with some editing by me):
This moment I will remember forever! Imprinted in my memory. Exactly one minute later, the marine police arrested me! They tortured me for 4 hours, but released me. But the violation was justified because: first, I swam in the forbidden territory (although there were swimming scooters), and second, I ran away from the chase)))) (but take into account the fact that I did not know the Italian language, I did not know how and what they were shouting at me; I had to guess))))
LOL!  That brat! :P
Yes, it seems she made it back okay...
...and now Ul and Makar are back home in Moscow after their awesome trip!
Ul & Makar

Ul channels her inner Marilyn Monroe...

...and other pics/vids from Ul and Makar's trip!
Here's Ul singing "Happy birthday Mr. President" to a lucky Andrei Kirilenko!

Earlier, she and Makar were doing what they do best--singing and scaring the other tourists.

Oh, and they also took some nice photos along the way...
Nice view!
Makar in Monte Carlo
With statues...
Makar by the Grimaldi statue
By the sea
Vitaly Fridzon, Andrei & Masha Kirilenko, ?, Makar, ?
And hanging out with friends
Unknown cutie pie, Ul, Kirilenko, Makar
Ul, Fridzon, Kirilenko, Makar
Fridzon & Ul, Kirilenko sitting
Ul & Kirilenko
Ul, Fridzon, Makar
Kirilenko, Fridzon, ?, ?, Masha Kirilenko, ?, Makar, Ul
Zhenya Telysheva, Kirilenko, Makar

Madame V's best (un)dressed photos *updated*

I've opened the Pandora's box, and now I can't go back!  So here she is, folks--Madame V in all her sartorial glory!
"I wore the see-through shirt just for you, Vova~!" (Blizia, Ul, Nazar, Putin, Viner, Makar, Zhenya)
*WARNING!!*  Some of these photos may cause viewers to lose their lunch!  View at your own risk!
Madame V has a tendency to let everything hang out, shall we say...?
How is that staying up, really??  (Yana L, Viner, Dasha D)
Blizia, Viner, Ul (at Zhenya's wedding)
Viner channeling her inner Cruella de Vil?  (with Dasha K & Dasha D)
Bursting at the seams?
Look how everyone's eyes are drawn to a train wreck...
Shake it baby, shake it!
 I think Dasha K's side-eye look says it all! 
Dasha K, Dasha D, Viner
 I have no words for this whatsoever.  O_O
Yeah!! Work it Mama V, get those phone numbers!!
?, Andrei Kirilenko & Viner
As per rhythmicof's request, Madame V sporting a Russian flag hat, in jaunty fashion. And a sailor suit.
"Just try color coordinating like this, b*tches!"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Dasha K!

As it turns out, July 30 is also Dasha Kondakova's birthday!  She turned 22 today.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DASHA!!
More on Dasha K later...

Happy Birthday to the HBIC!!

Okay, people, it's time to talk about the woman who puts the "Viner" in VINERSTAN: Irina Alexandrovna Viner!!  She celebrated her 65th birthday today (July 30)!
V for Victory, V for Viner (Makar, Viner, ?, Nazar)
She is one terrifying lady, ruling over the RG world with an iron fist...
Be afraid, be very afraid!  (Makar, Blizia, Nazar)
Viner is not impressed!
Vera Efremovna: "Go, my darling baby!"; Zhenya; Viner: "I wish I could crush you in the palm of my hand, but damnit, you just keep on winning!"
(To Anna Trubnikova): "Mess this up and I'll throw you out of Novogorsk!"
"Don't even think about escaping!" (Zhenya and Dasha K behind)
 ...but she can also be terrifically affectionate towards her girls (when they win).
After the group won gold at 2012 Olympics (Nazar & Viner, Ul, Karolina, Ksyu, Makar, Blizia)
Viner:  "She's MY star; all her success is thanks to ME!" (?, ?, Viner, Zhenya, Vera Efremovna, Dmitri)
Zhenya's not fooled--"I know you still hate me for winning!"
Without her and her influence, Russian RG would be a lot less entertaining/amazing.  There would be no top-class facilities and staff, no training camps in Croatia, no vacations in Sardinia, and no private planes.
In Sardinia (August 2012): Nazar, Ksyu, Viner, Zhenya & Ul in back; Karolina, Dasha, Blizia in front
Dasha D on Viner's yacht
How did this happen, you ask?
Well, you see, Irina Alexandrovna is married to the richest man in Russia, Alisher Usmanov.

And theirs was a romance for the ages!

Back in Tashkent, many, many years ago...

There once was a beautiful gymnast named Irina Viner, a champion of Uzbekistan.  She caught the eye of a fencer, a Muslim youth named Alisher Usmanov, but he was just a boy, and she was a star. And at the time, he was "too timid to approach her." 

[According to this source via GoogleTranslate] Several years later, they met again in Moscow.  Viner had just divorced her first husband, and was caring for her young son.  This time, thanks to Usmanov's "perseverance and gallant manners," he soon won the heart of his beloved.

Alas, fate (or more like bad politics) soon intervened to separate the two!  Usmanov was (wrongly) convicted of fraud and sentenced to eight years in prison.  Immediately Viner flew from an RG tournament in Odessa to see him.  She told him she still loved him, and that she would wait for him.

He proposed to her from his prison cell. "He sent me a handkerchief which, according to Uzbek tradition, is a proposal of marriage," she says. "I still keep it today."

Many of her colleagues tried to convince her to abandon him, saying, "why are you dating a convict?  It will harm your career."  But she wouldn't listen to them, and in 1992, they were finally married.

And they lived happily ever after...
Viner, Usmanov's mom, Usmanov
...thanks to their buddy, Mr. President, who seems to have been ever so grateful for the introduction to a certain 2004 gold medalist.
The pres: "Thank Irina for introducing me to--" Usmanov: "Don't mention it!  Anything for you, buddy!"
All hail Madam V!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Kisse wrestles Ksyu to the ground...

...and other crazy things that happened in Croatia!
Looks like Nastia Kisse got a little too excited when she ran into our resident cutie-pie giantess!  And despite the fact that Ksyu is one of the tallest girls--if not the tallest girl--there now, she totally falls to the floor right away!  Don't count on Ksyu to defend you if you get mugged, that's for sure!  ;)  (That's Rita at the end with Ksyu, by the way.)
And here's a video from the cutie herself--Ksyu, Nazar, Masha, ? and Yana K sending their greetings!

And here some more random pics:
"Kisa & Tusya" (Nastia Kisse & Natasha Bulycheva)
Nazar & Ralina Rakipova
Rita, ?, Masha, Yana K, Yulia Bravikova
  Even Son Yeon-jae is there!