I improved myself in this till the perfect level so well that there were clinics which wanted me to work with them as instructor of the physical therapy: people after following my care were getting well too much quickly.
The ideal to strive for is ensuring your female companion is carrying nothing except her purse. Compared to their Western counterparts, Russian women are more open to male chivalry – and are more likely to expect it from you. In Russia giving flowers in even numbers is only considered appropriate for funerals, although modern florists claim you’ll be fine as long as the total number exceeds a dozen.
Opening the car door for her, helping her with her coat, letting a woman go first when entering or exiting a building – all of this is standard operating procedure in Russia, but they help to make a good impression nonetheless. So, as a rule of thumb, either buy flowers in odd numbers, or buy so many that she won’t be able to count.
It’s only natural to want to know what kind of love drives a champion to succeed at the Games—in this case, whether it’s love of sport, love of country, or love of teammate.
Listening to the reporter's paraphrasing during the segment, you might get the impression that the Volosozhar and Trankov are simply elusive or private about the status of their relationship off the ice; they'd effectively skirted the issue for some time now, the reporter summarized.
If you really want to unravel the mystery that is a Russian woman, you should probably skip this survival guide entirely and read some Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
Still, since Russian authors were never known for their brevity, sending you off to a library before your first date with Natasha or Tatiana or Olga would simply be inhumane on our part.
Given the unique talent, rare achievements, and all-consuming dedication of these two world-class athletes, it’s obviously somewhat silly for a reporter to push past the discussion of their professional accomplishments and instead ask about love lives.
But the modern Olympics, whether we like it or not, have become an opportunity for viewers to get to know elite athletes by proxy, to feel like they’re rooting for their friends-once-removed.
Just before Russian figure-skating pair Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov took the ice in last night’s free-skate event, NBC cut to a short package about the gold-medal favorites (and eventual gold medalists).
After a few moments’ worth of practice footage and behind-the-scenes stories from the four years the pair has been skating together, NBC’s reporter asked Trankov and Volosozhar the inevitable question: Is the palpable, sensual chemistry they exude on the ice based in real-life romance?
But Volosozhar and Trankov's assessment of whether they’re a couple was both direct and quietly astonishing: They are, sort of.