80 yr old who skates with Ponomarenko - sweet story

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  1. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    This is the story of an 80 yr old who used to skate in Ice Follies, and now skates 3 times a week with Ponomarenko. Also the story of how she reconnected with her childhood sweetheart later in life.

    Passions: Ice skating, childhood beau keep Sunnyvale woman active at age 80
    http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_17675627?source=most_emailed&nclick_check=1

     
  2. YukiNieve

    YukiNieve Active Member

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    Thanks for the great story!
    She does not look like 80 yrs old at all - very charming and in great shape.
    Wow, I am impressed.
     
  3. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Isn't she an inspiration! Reminds me of a 90 yr old I recently met. If he'd told me he was 70 I'd have believed him. He has the same passion for life. In his 70's he learned to play a musical instrument (can't remember which one). In his 70's! And then got together with a group of guys to jam with, which he still does.
     
  4. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

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    Wonderful story, and she does look incredible!
     
  5. BittyBug

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    Now that's a feel good story. Those two look like a pair of teenagers, just eating life up. Fantastic.
     
  6. Perky Shae Lynn

    Perky Shae Lynn Well-Known Member

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    My goodness, such a wonderful story! She looks amazing. :D
     
  7. Wiery

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    Girl's got a great set of legs! She absolutely does not look 80! :smokin:

    She's rockin' those thigh-high boots, too! :kickass:
     
  8. Aussie Willy

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    She does indeed have great legs. What a nice story. Thanks for posting. I am envious her being able to skate with Sergei.
     
  9. a56

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    Great story, great legs, and I'm glad she's staying actively engaged in the sport.
     
  10. flowerpower

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    It is a lovely story, good for her!!!

    An exceptional 80 year old, though - most of us will not age quite this way, lol!
     
  11. BelleBway

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    Such a sweet story!
     
  12. LilJen

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    Wow. That was a nice story to start my day. If only all our legs could look that good at 80!!
     
  13. SkaterDon

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    Thanks, alilou, for posting this and including the link. I skate in a rink with Barbara once or twice a week. She has a terrific personality, almost at the same time being both serious but cheerful.

    I have taken the liberty to copy down all of the comments and will give them to her today. (She doesn't "internet".)
     
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  14. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Thanks SkaterDon - great idea. I was so inspired by her story. Way to live life!
     
  15. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    Looooove her style! Those photos from her show days are fab too :)

    She looks like she really enjoys life. I hope to have that same outlook at 80 :cool:
     
  16. Taso

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    This woman is really 80?!?!?!??! Amazing!!!
     
  17. AragornElessar

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    Okay, it's official...I want to be her when I grow up!! :)

    She seems like such a sweet, lovely lady, yet also filled w/so much spunk and love for life. Good for her!!

    Also good for Sergei. He and Marina were always one of my favourite ice dance teams and this just proves again why that was. :)
     
  18. skatesindreams

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    How wonderful - for Barbara - and for Sergei!
     
  19. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    You are only as old as you believe yourself to be.

    Nice stories.
     
  20. Aussie Willy

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    That is a very nice thing to do. She will probably be very flattered by what we all think about her legs.
     
  21. DickButtonFan

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    OMG this lady is amazing. Love her boots too and how she's 80 and still rock'n her tights. Hope I'm this hot and active at 80.
     
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    The article mentioned Klimova and Ponomorenko's son, Anthony, who is ten years old. Boy, does time fly! Sergei P. must be in his early fifties by now.
     
  23. Ozzisk8tr

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    When I read the thread title I thought that Fumie must be skating with him now. :shuffle:
     
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    Awww, what a nice feel-good story. And yes, she looks amazing!
     
  25. SkaterDon

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    Not to make you feel worse but Anthony is their second son. The older boy doesn't skate (ala Butkin's family).

    Barbara loved all the comments and compliments. I've known her many years and she's always been a delight. Today we skated the Swing Dance, a simple Fox Trot.