i generally stay away from the articles that dig into athletes personal life. so, when I first heard that selina gasparin was spotted in davos training with chernousov i thought to myself hah, she must have switched to reto as a ski coach and will be fast come winter.a bit later, some article reported it was more prosaic - she was dating chernousov….then, after reading this article this morning,. i now feel like making an exception .
partly because I like selina’s personality. and partly due to her points falling on fertile ground
.. she is one of those swiss girls that combine swiss german seriousness and directness with swiss romansch impulsiveness no, i don’t believe she could settle in norway for life despite loving the country and trying hard.
some passages that jumped at me:
-’i think the norwegians are much better in the ski trails than beyond them, though they’re decent enough people‘.
-'i did not find my prince…the norwegian men are not the type of gentlemen we are used to in switzerland and italy. the Russians are the opposite.'
- 'all of Switzerland cheers to my successes without often knowing what the biathlon actually is. sometimes even during interviews i have to explain - it is xc ski racing and shooting.
the post article reader commentary is hilarious. some feel insulted, most play on her statements about norges seemingly lacking gentelmenship.
another commentary from a non-norwegian publication provides piquant details… chernousov, needless to remind the world’s top 10 xc skier, once patiently stood in line with selina’s fans to get her autograph. she was very impressed. the rumour is it was love at the first sight. now the couple's seriously planning their future. some say she’d fit fine in the Russian biathlon relay, other’s doubt cherno - a Siberian - would fit in europe. i think, they are wrong on both accounts.