2014 readers choice results
Article updated: 2/10/2014 5:32 AM

SOCHI SCENE: 'I am very famous,' Plushenko's wife says

  • Article
text size: AAA
By Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- From her black handbag -- Hermes, crocodile, "It's a very simple and democratic brand," she'll have you know -- the wife of Evgeni Plushenko fished out a banner and unfurled it.

"My heart is with you!" it said in pink letters, below a photo of the happy couple canoodling, noses touching.

Advertisement

Ahhh. Ain't that sweet?

Pink. The same color as Yana Rudkovskaya's fur hat. "Chanel, winter collection," she volunteered, even though you hadn't asked. And the grey coat? "Louis Vuitton," she replied. Really? So she undid the buttons and peeled it off, to show the label on the inside. How dare one doubt.

All this was unfolding in the "mixed zone," the pit (for lack of a better word) in the bowels of arenas and stadiums where reporters get to ask questions of Olympians and where Plushenko was holding court after leading Russia to its first gold in Sochi, in team skating."

It's extremely unusual for partners to join the mixed-zone fun. But then again, Plushenko isn't just anyone; in Russia, he's practically royalty.

And, lest we forget, "I am very famous. I am top three in Russian woman," volunteered Rudkovskaya, a music producer. She fished out one of her two mobile phones to show a picture of their baby son posing -- being posed, actually -- with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. He's Alexander, she said. "Like Alexander the Great. The best name for a man in Russia. It's very strong, also very lucky."

Then she unclipped the black plastic cover off her iPhone. It has her husband's likeness on it in white. "For you, little present," she said, plopping it in the hand of this reporter, who proceeded to explain that he couldn't accept gifts from people he covers. "No, no," she said. "I have more."

Then, realizing that this reporter would not bend, she took it back and gave it instead to a Russian reporter. She yelped in delight.

Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.

This article filed under

Latest Video
Sports Calendar

MostViewed

Today
Yesterday
Most Commented
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad

    MarketsReport

    DHExtras

       
    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North

    FacebookActivity

    BusinessDirectory

    Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

    Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.