Although this was never mentioned anywhere, ever since Lilia Baranovskaya was introduced in YOI, I couldn’t help but to think that she could be a possible tribute to Maya Baranovskaya.
If you haven’t heard Maya Plisetskaya, you should definitely check her out. She was a legendary
Bolshoy Theatre Ballerina, who unfortunately passed away at the age of 89 last year.
At age 18, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet, soon becoming a leading soloist, and was later proclaimed Prima Ballerina Assoluta by the Soviet government.
Plisetskaya ended her career as a ballet dancer in 1990, being at the age of 65, but continued to dance from time to time at some evenings until 80.
Lilia Baranovskaya is the former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet and is implied to be quite famous.
Either way, I don’t think it’s a coincidence, and we can all agree that YOI made a beautiful gesture to Maya Plisetskaya.
Also, Plisetskaya is the feminine diminutive of Plisetsky.
This is one of the many reasons I love Yoi so much, for giving tribute to many amazing athletes :)