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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Fashion has lots of pseudo-divas, but Svetlana Khorkina is the real deal, and looks better than them on the cover of a fashion mag - from the August 2004 issue of Russian Elle, photo by Calle Stolz/LundLund.


At 9/02/2004 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fv thank you! i haven't found any of the elle photos online until i saw the one you posted, thank you again! -svelte

At 9/03/2004 1:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but I think Khorkina is seriously ugly. Even compared to a lot of the uglier new models she still looks quite plain.

At 9/03/2004 2:10 AM, Blogger FV said...

Nobody ever suggested that Khorkina is "pretty" or looks like Barbie

Divas tend to have nonconventional looks - but she has elegant face features and looks very modely IMO

At 9/03/2004 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The appeal of Khorkina is that she looks like herself - a unique look - and that she has the inner strength to hold her head high and to think she's 'the greatest' even when others don't. Sometimes beauty IS more than skin deep - sometimes it has a lot to do with spirit.

At 9/04/2004 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sorry, but I think Sveltana looks like a dying emu desperately in need of a bit of weight. Her long, strange spider-legs really scared me in the Olympics this year.

Not to mention-- what a sore loser! Why she decided to babble on about how gymnists should be judged more on their grace than their athleticism, I don't know. If that was truly the case, then gymnastics wouldn't be an art form-- not an Olympics sports! What a perpetual sore loser.

At 9/04/2004 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh shut up! She makes a great point about the sport being judged on grace because the sport is ARTISTIC gymnastics. If you want sore losers, pay special attention to how some of the American athletes behaved during the Olympics.

At 9/05/2004 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha...funny , the quote on the cover from Svetlana translates to, " for me, gymnastics is bigger than sex!", wow she's really dedicated , that one

At 9/05/2004 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Oh shut up! She makes a great point about the sport being judged on grace because the sport is ARTISTIC gymnastics. If you want sore losers, pay special attention to how some of the American athletes behaved during the Olympics.

I don't like being told to shut up by some anonymous internet wag that won't even tell me his or her own name. You're being a rather "sore loser" here too.

In the Olympics, gymnastics is classified as an athletic sport and is judged that way. If Svetlana didn't want to play by those rules and wanted to do something more "graceful," she should have gone into ballet.

And Svetlana also went on to call her American rival, Carly Patterson, a has-been in the sport, now that she's won a trophy. What did any of the American athletes do to rival that in terms of sheer mean-spiritedness?

At 9/05/2004 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last commment was by me, FUNNYFAN.

At 9/05/2004 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a clue FUNNYFAN. The internet is a black hole of anonymity. What else did you think it was? What, now I've lost credibility to have an opinion because I didn't leave my name down? And somehow I'M the 'wag' when you're just as anonymous as me? DURRHRHHHHHH. Jot down your real name, address, weight, height, race, education, occupation, etc. and then we can talk about what's really anonymity over the internet.

Svetlana is totally right in calling Carly a has-been, although I don't think she put it exactly like that. Do you really believe she can last as long as Svetlana? Honestly? Please. There hasn't been a returning Olympian from the U.S women's squad since 1996.

And if you really want an example of a U.S athlete being a poor sport, just take a stroll down Paul Hamm and Aaron Peirsol lane. Paul Hamm said he would return the gold if he was asked to. He was. But now he's doing all sorts of back talking about how he doesn't want to return the gold, eventhough he was asked, because he wasn't clear about what he really meant the first time he said it??!!?!?. Give me a break. And don't even get me started on what a hypocrite Aaron Peirsol is. He can make claims about other swimmers and file petitions against them because they were supposedly 'cheating', yet when he's caught cheating and threatened with being stripped of his gold, he somehow thinks that what's being alleged against him is baseless? Please...

At 9/06/2004 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You can find out who I am by going to Chilax and clicking on my profile there. And I still maintain that it's hopelessly rude and asinine to go tell someone you DON'T EVEN KNOW to "shut up" because he gave his opinion on a trivial matter-- and then not even signing a name-- false or otherwise, to the comment.

So what if Carly Patterson doesn't end up with a career as long as Svetlana? Does that give Svetlana Khorkina, a grown woman of 25, the right to taunt a girl almost a decade younger than her? What kind of pathetic person likes to go around bitching at 16 year olds anyway?

And so what if Paul Hamm or whoever is a jack ass too? It doesn't magically mean Svetlana isn't one herself. She's one of the most outstanding examples of poor sportmanship I've ever seen in my life.

As far as Svetlana goes, I think this page sums her up the best:

At 9/06/2004 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUNNYFAN, please just give it up. Don't stretch out the anonymity thing like you really have a point because you don't. You were just as anonymous as I when you posted your comment about me being anonymous, so now you're trying to peddle back a few steps by trying to prove how you're really not that anonymous? Just quit it.

And yes Svetlana definitely had a right to say what she did because she voiced her opinion. She didn't taunt Carly. She made legitimate criticisms. You're only seeing it that way because it's so much more convenient to see her as the enemy. It's not like Svetlana ripped the silver medal off her chest and spat on it.

And my point about Hamm and Peirsol's poor sportsmanship wasn't to excuse Svetlana's 'behaviour'. It was to prove that there are MORE people from, say the U.S, that are just as pathetic as say, an athelete from RUSSIA. How odd do you think it is that Svetlana was torn to shreds by the media and people alike for her 'poor sportsmanship', but some of the biggest elitist American hypocrites were painted as if an injustice had been done to them? Kind of makes you think don't it?

And please, what exactly does that link you offered really say about you? You can't defend your own arguments so you send me to some web page that bashes Svetlana? That's whack as hell.

At 9/10/2004 4:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! whoever made the last comment before me - I thank you for making your point. I think a lot of people are forgetting what Svetlana has contributed alot in the world of gymnastics. She's trully one of a kind and no matter what hatters say, she's one of the best. She definitely has a presence when she's out there doing her routines. It's unfortunate that the media focuses on her DIVAISM - attitude but she's not the only one who gets feisty like that. Pls! look at the other celebrities out there - some thinks they own the world.

I wish her all the best!


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