Thursday, February 16, 2006

Location, Location, Location

This morning NPR talked to figure skating journalist Christine Brennan about Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko, and asked, "What makes him so good?"

I would not know how to answer this question, but Christine Brennan offered an apparently serious answer. She says that he is "lucky in where he lives," since he trains in St. Petersburg, just a few miles from the Hermitage, and she thinks that through "osmosis" the "passion" of the artwork of the Hermitage makes him a better skater.


At 2:22 PM, February 16, 2006, Blogger Maribeth said...

It is noteworthy that Plushenko chooses to train in Russia--most of the Russian skaters train in America.

If the scientific community were to suggest that pigments of the 17th and 18th centuries outgas chemicals that enhance jumping ability and balance, I bet the center of the skating community would shift over to St. Petersburg.

However, my own theory is that Plushenko's supernatural skating powers would disappear were he ever to get a decent haircut.


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