Russian Insight

Going Global

My interest in the Russian language has its roots in all the figure skating I watched as a child. Two decades later, Russians are still among the sport’s leaders, and so i was pleased that the years I spent studying the complicated grammar structure helped me stumble through Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov’s blog (

The 2011 World silver medalists have a blog on Tribuna, a Russian sports website where athletes and fans can interact with one another. Trankov kept a blog on the site with his former partner, Maria Mukhortova, and when he began skating with Volosozhar, the duo started a new one.

Volosozhar and Trankov post regularly, updating fans about their training and competitions.

Everyone will appreciate the photos that offer a glimpse into the lives of these elite skaters.

Volosozhar and Trankov also answer questions from fans, including those posed in English. Automatic translators work fairly well with Russian, so international visitors can get to know this vibrant team without any stress.

My former Russian teachers and my mother (who paid for my Russian lessons) will be happy to know that I skimmed the entries without too much help from Google Translate.

Originally published in December 2011