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icecommentary posted:

Anonymous asked:

I feel like this year’s Worlds was really disappointing. Like….it was clear who would win gold. And who tf was that bronze medalist? Never seen him, never heard of him. Quads were sloppy, Georgi def should’ve won.

Anon, we must be twins in the past life because I THOUGHT SO TOO. Figure skating for the past year has been sooo predictable tbh. Georgi definitely should’ve taken home that bronze.

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#the bronze medalist is #otabek altin #by the way lmao #georgi popovich #worlds2014

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knucklevines

ugh. just saw some tagged otabek altin hate. about to churn out a four-page essay on why otabek deserves the medal MORE THAN ANYONE.

1 hour ago | 3 notes

#im so mad #HIS QUADS WERENT SLOPPY #people are so salty

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knuckevines

ABOUT THE BRONZE: THE DARK HORSE OTABEK ALTIN

If you’re an avid fan of professional ice skating—or even just a casual fan—you’ll find one new fresh face in this year’s World Championship. It’s the dark horse Otabek Altin of Kazakhstan.

[image: Otabek posing for pictures with Victor Nikiforov and Christophe Giacometti at Worlds, holding his bronze medal]

Despite being relatively a newbie in senior competitive figure skating, Otabek is FAR from a newbie in the world of figure skating. As pictured above, he won a bronze medal at this year’s World Championship, competing alongside the likes of Christophe Giacometti and freaking Victor Nikiforov, and proving himself worthy enough to be on a podium with them!

While this accomplishment is seemingly small for some athletes, it is a pretty damn huge thing for Kazakhstan. We’re not really popular for our figure skating. We’re not a Big Name like Russia or Canada when it comes to skating. Compared to Victor, our boy Otabek is seriously lacking the proper resources to become an amazing professional ice skater. Our country is pretty young, so there’s not much attention paid to the sports department yet. Professional athletes from Kazakhstan are usually self-made, and Otabek is not an exception.

According to this interview, he started ice skating since he was seven while his family was on a vacation in Medeu. His parents signed him up for a class, and soon after his coach noticed the unnatural talent that he had. When he turned ten, the coach sat down his parents and basically told him that if they wanted Otabek to have any future at all in the skating world, they should send him abroad—as far as their budget allowed. So his parents sent him to live in Russia with some relatives, and he enrolled in Yakov Feltsman’s summer training camp when he was thirteen.

Here’s little Otabek in the program’s brochure.

[image: Thirteen-year-old Otabek scowling as he tried to flex his right leg, looking equal parts determined and frustrated]

As pictured above, you can see that he’s placed with kids much, much younger than him. Yep, he was put in the novice class. Even though his talent was exceptional back in Kazakhstan, he was practically nothing compared to Russian junior skaters. He was so behind, that he ended up quitting after completing only half of the program, and moved to the US to begin a personalized training.

He talked about his time America here

…and yes, I know it’s literally only 59 seconds, but that’s much more than he ever talked in other interviews, okay.

He shared a rink with Leo de la Iglesia, who was training under the same coach at the time.

After he turned fifteen, he moved to Vancouver to do a lot more training. Guess who he became friends with?

[image: a bored-looking Otabek pictured with Jean-Jacques Leroy, one of his arms around Otabek’s shoulders, one of JJ’s hands making the double J signature, Otabek looking unamused]

Canada’s favorite king!

He stayed in Vancouver for a total of two years. He’s competed in several junior championships before he managed to return to Almaty just last year for his 17th birthday. Pictured here in his first ever Instagram post.

[image: a screenshot of Otabek’s Instagram post, a long elevator with him standing in front of it, dragging a heavy suitcase with one arm and giving a little smile to the camera, his body half-facing the elevator]

He wasn’t particularly memorable in his junior skating years. Because of money issues, and because Kazakhstan had no influential figures in the figure skating world, Otabek often traveled alone. The referee often played the wrong song for his routines, poor baby, and he often talked about how he had no idea how to act in those situations.

Like this one instance where his turn was delayed for fifteen minutes because the referee had, somehow, misplaced his FS song

And one very humiliating time, they played the Borat parody of KZ anthem

But that didn’t matter because boy, our boy did deliver!

[image: a shaky gif of Otabek landing a quad in his Worlds routine]

Really. I had forgotten the point of this post. As a proud Kazakhstani-American, I guess I just want to gush about Otabek, who had literally been called ‘the hero of Kazakhstan’ by Kazakhstan’s own Minister of Education and Science. He was trending in Kazakhstan Twitter feed for days. He truly made his country proud, and it’s about damn time. He’s worked so hard to earn this position, and I’m honestly just overcome with happiness for him. He seriously deserves it.

So, if you’re looking for a new champion to root for, root for Otabek Altin! He needs all the support that he can get, since the KZ figure skating community is still a tiny little thing. International exposure can help a lot, and even boost his sponsorship!

TL;DR. Anyone who says Otabek doesn’t deserve the medal (and that a certain other Russian skater should’ve won the bronze) is wrong and Otabek deserves the medal more than anyone in the whole wide world. The end.

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knucklevines

Wow, didn’t realize there are quite a lot of Otabek fans out there! Hello! I was thinking of creating a fanpage blog for Otabek—give this 100 likes and I will make it.

30 minutes ago | 102 notes

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OTABEK ALTIN DAILY

Giving you a daily dose of Kazakhstani Worlds bronze medalist Otabek Altin.

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knucklevines

Okay, so by popular demand: here’s the fanpage @otabekaltindaily!

6 hours ago | 3 notes

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knucklevines posted:

verily asked:

Thank you so much for creating this blog! It’s so hard to keep track of our boy, the figure skating community here is so small :c

You’re welcome! It was a matter of time anyway, my personal blog was already an Otabek Altin appreciation blog, so it didn’t really make a difference for me lol

5 hours ago | 0 notes

#otabek altin #verily

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nikiforofu reblogged katsukicat

tfw half of the skating community is on fire bc of victor nikiforov and youre chillin here like

[image: gif of otabek drinking from a water bottle calmly]

source: otabekaltindaily |789 notes

#lmao #i wish victor was less in-your-face #more like otabek #what does he ever do outside of the rink? #idk feed stray kittens probably

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<3 @0tabae

omg is this for real??? nbc.news/sports/figure-skating/the-hero-of-kazakhstan-kidnaps…

emma @yuurikatsudon

@0tabae its apparently legit? the official KZ sports channel was talking about it too???

<3 @0tabae

@yuurikatsudon i cant beleive,,

<3 @0tabae

@yuurikatsudon why plisetsky tho… like they never talk???

emma @yuurikatsudon

@0tabae maybe they know something we don’t

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THE HERO OF KAZAKHSTAN KIDNAPPED THE FAIRY OF RUSSIA

Thu, 17:58 | Olivia Ten

Russia’s prodigy Yuri Plisetsky was seen fleeing yet another stalking scheme on a motorbike with fellow Grand Prix finalist Otabek Altin. Sources report that Plisetsky was hiding in an alley when Altin showed up, seemingly out of nowhere, and both were pictured engaging in a brief exchange before Plisetsky leaped onto Altin’s bike and drove away.

Altin made history as the first skater to medal bronze in World Championship for Kazakhstan last year. Although not very memorable in the past, he placed third in Skate America and won the NHK, placing him just below Christophe Giacometti.

There was no connection between the two prior the Grand Prix Final.

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otabekaltindaily

Wow. Woke up to find that this blog now has 3k followers? What???

29 minutes ago | 3 notes

otabekaltindaily reblogged bekabear

NEWS: The Hero of Kazakhstan Kidnapped the Fairy of Russia

Read here.

REBLOGGED FROM: atabekoltin | 25 minutes ago | 2789 notes

#wow now i know why there’s a sudden rise in the follower count #news #gpf2014 #yuri plisetsky #otabek altin

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pliset-sky reblogged otabekaltindaily

Hello, new and old followers!

If you’re new here, I suppose you came because of this article. You’re probably wondering who Otabek Altin is. In that case, allow me to enlighten you, in bullet points:

  • He’s representing Kazakhstan
  • Currently 18 years old (fun fact: his birthday is on Halloween!)
  • Last year’s Worlds bronze medalist (and reasons why he deserves it the most)
  • Bronze at Skate America and champion of NHK
  • Here’s his Instagram (although he barely even posts anything?)
  • Here’s his Twitter (even if it only ever tweets stats and occasional thanks to fans…)
  • Here’s his photoshoot with KZ Teen Vogue
  • Good friends with Leo de la Iglesia and JJ Leroy
  • And apparently now friends with Yuri Plisetsky??

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Source: otabekaltindaily

#ok seriously who tf is this guy #what does he want with yuri #WHAT ARE HIS INTENTIONS #im super protective of my son #otabek altin

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yuri-plisetsky

[image: sunset over a balcony]

yuri-plisetsky Sunset in #Barcelona.

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plisetsking WHY DID HE TAG YOU EXPLAIN YOURSELF @otabek-altin

fairyprince SINCE WHEN ARE U FRIENDS WITH OTABEK ALTIN

Jjleroy!15 @otabek-altin you don’t want to eat with me but went out with princess? :(

yuri-plisetsky @Jjleroy!15 SHUT THE FUCK YOUR FACE

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pliset-sky

ok all you “yuri’s angels” NEED TO STOP

we already had a bad reputation because of the stalking thing (WHICH OTABEK WAS SAVING YURI FROM confirmed), we don’t need to have a reputation for harassing and insulting other skaters as well. yes, we all want to protect yurio because he’s smol and adorable but LET THE KID HAVE FRIENDS GODDAMMIT.

yurisblondehair

otabek is an adult. he literally has no business creeping around yuri like that. how the fuck did he find yuri anyway? theres no way he’s just “passing there” he had to have an ulterior motive! the headline said “kidnap” smh

pliset-sky

caught one on my post.

listen.

  • all the pictures from the “kidnap” didn’t show yuri being held against his will in any way
  • yuri was clearly ecstatic if this photo taken at a local café was any indication
  • he was smiling. when did we ever see him smile?
  • clearly you have no idea what hyperbole is lmao
  • HE POSTED THE SUNSET PICTURE
  • and tagged otabek in it
  • i didn’t see otabek holding a gun to his head and forcing him to
  • AND HONESTLY who do you think has the ability to force our tiger to do ANYTHING?
  • he’d probably have kicked him if that was the case
  • so there was no
  • fucking
  • way
  • that yuri was forced in any way
  • also: 18 is barely an adult lmao
  • y’all didn’t seem to care that victor is touchy feely w/ yuri at all and victor. is. 27
  • why are you all like this

source: pliset-sky | 4 minutes ago | 452 notes

#literally why are people this way #LEAVE OTABEK ALONE #theres always that part of fandom that embarrasses you TO NO END #for plisetsky fandom #ITS 70% OF THE FANS

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otabaealtin

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Yuri's Instagram pictures + Otabek Altin

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source: otabekaltindaily | 5 minutes ago | 1243 notes

#seriously i don’t get why otabek is friends with yuri plisetsky like #such an unexpected turn of events? #i mean he /is/ friends with jj so #maybe he just has weird taste in friends #these ig pics are so cute tho like #the one with the tea #’hashtag newbestie’ #wonder how their ‘friendship’ #or rather acquaintance #will play out in the sp tomorrow #otabek altin

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otabekaltindaily

GPF SP WATCH PARTY

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This would be Otabek’s first ever Grand Prix Final, so let’s show him our support! Don’t forget to send all love and support to his Instagram and Twitter!

otabekaltindaily

UPDATE: 0tabae on Twitter is doing a livetweet, so for those of you who are at school/cannot access the livestream, you might want to tune in to their Twitter!

4 minutes ago | 2987 notes

#ahh so pumped so excited #otabek altin #gpf2014

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LIVECHAT – OTABEK ALTIN SP WATCH PARTY

Anonymous

You guys it’s starting!

Anonymous

Omg… was I imagining it or did Yuri P. just yell davai?

                Anonymous

                Holy shit he totally did

                                Otabear

                                I was sitting this close to where Yuri P. are and I can confirm you it’s true!

                Anonymous

                What even is this friendship??? So cute???

                Lycheeme

                LOOK AT THAT THUMBS UP THO OMG?

                                Anonymous

                                SUCH A DORK

                                                Anonymous

                                                And that straight face lmao

Greataltin09

Please get him a new costume designer those clothes are a catastrophe

                Anonymous

                Seconded

                                Anonymous

                                Thirded

Otabekgold

Lbr tho its gonna be hard for him to pass yuri p, that kid is a damn hurricane. He’s already way behind yuri p in so many ways. The best he can hope for is silver or bronze; that kid yuri p is taking gold for sure.

                Anonymous

                Why are you sending Otabek hate in a forum about Otabek :(

                                Otabekgold

                                I’m not sending Otabek hate, I’m simply stating the truth. I’m just saying that this would be a tough competition for him. I’m confident that Otabek will                                       deliver his best, but this year’s competitors were all deserving to be on the podium. Yuri K made a GREAT comeback, Yuri P broke damn records, Chris has                                 always been a tough competitor, Otabek doesn’t have the enthusiasm and artistry that Phichit has, and we haven’t seen JJ but we know that he’s always                                       been great. I’m just saying, between Yuri P and Otabek, I know who would win gold. Unless of course, Otabek proves us wrong.

                                                Anonymous

                                                Oops… spoke too soon…

                                                                Anonymous

                                                                Well, looks like JJ is out of the way.

                Otabae77

                I agree. Otabek has a good technical score, but he needs to improve his artistry! Too bad he quit ballet :( It would've helped him so much in this situation!

Almatyn

Um… you guys? Is it just me or did Otabek’s death glare just end JJ?

                Anonymous

                Poor JJ tbh…

                                Almatyn

                                Never really a big fan, but it’s so sad to see him fall like this…

                                                Anonymous

                                                Same…

                Anonymous

                Dude had it coming lmao

                                Otabekaltindaily

                                No rude comments about other skaters please.

                                                Anonymous

                                                Lol sorry not sorry

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LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

he’s walking to the kiss and cry now

LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

someone gave him a bear! it looks like the ted bear tho

[image: Otabek and his coach at the kiss and cry, Otabek hugging a bear plushie close]

LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

OMG HE GOT 112.38! A NEW PERSONAL BEST!!!

LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

HE’S IN SECOND NOW YOU GUYS OMFG

LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

SO EXCITED FOR TOMORROW’S FS OMG DHFSD HE’S SO CLOSE GUYS

LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

IM OVERCOME WITH SUCH HAPPINESS HE DESERVES IT SO MUCH

LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

I GOTTA GO NOW BC I HAVE 2 EXAMS TOMORROW BUT THIS IS THE HAPPIEST DAY

LIVETWEET 8PM GMT+7 @0tabae

OTABEK ALTIN MADE MY ENTIRE 2014

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