Welcome, my Russian friends, to the Budding Ventriloquist Winter Olympic Coverage.
There was a day when the mighty, mighty Soviet Union was the odds on favorite to take home half the medals - and Americans hated them for it. Now, a much humbler Russia takes only their share, but are much more likable about it.
Then, just say the team's roster aloud: Olga Zaitseva, Svetlana Sleptsova, Anna Bogaliy-Titovets and Olga Medvedtseva. If that isn't music, do you ever hear it?
Russian ventriloquism actually has a notiable - Gregory Donskoi ( 1865-1956). He was the first great Russian ventriloquist, known for creating 11 different voices in his act and for using life-sized figures. He also made a real dog speak. Performed for the Russian troops during the Russian Revolution (1917) and World War II. (Thanks to Ventriloquist Central for this information. It's a great resourse in so many ways.)
Interestingly, life-sized figures also is the feature of some fun from the current Russian ventriloquist world. I had do resourceful googling to find it. What I know is it's from the World Festival of Circus Art on Poklonnoj Mountain, Moscow in 2009. I would gladly give more info. I'd just beam if I had a Russian visitor to BV help me.
It could lead to a breakthough in US-Russian relations. Remember ping-pong diplomacy?
This picture of Medalist Russian Speed Skater Ivan Skobrev really can't be ignored. I will remind you - being on the V List is the highest honor I can bestow. The mouth, the eyes, the hair - a trifecta of V Face-ness is right there.
One day, young man, this will be as proud an award for you as your medal. Really.