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The Real Russia :: What it's Like at the Games - An Ice Rink Around Every Corner

by Mary Kay Wright

An Ice Rink Around Every Corner: The Russian Hockey
and Figure Skating Advantage

In Wisconsin we joke about there being a bar on every corner, driving around our region in Siberia it seemed like there was an outdoor ice rink around every corner!  It made me think about how the Soviet Union and now Russia have always seemed to dominate both the figure skating and hockey competitions in the Olympics. Now we know the reason why!

When I asked about this I was told by my Russian guide that during the winter months there isn’t much else for kids to do in the areas far away from cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg.  The reason there are so many rinks is that they spend most of their time skating from an early age.  Over here it’s a real challenge to get ice time!

 (My other theory -  judging from my own young kids’ amazing natural athletic talent is that there must be something in the water or air too.  Don’t worry though – they will be playing Hockey for the U.S.A.! A Mom can dream, right? )  

Photo Credit:  By Hotfield (Marjolein) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotfield/4255663519/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons