stephan the great

Okay, so as I’m sure you’ve already heard, Stéphane Lambiel will appear in episode 12 of Yuri on Ice as himself (he’ll be voicing the animated version of himself, how cool is that?)

And just in case you weren’t sure Stéphane Lambiel is sort of a big deal in the figure skating world.

Of course, he’s not Plushenko or Johnny Weir but he was an amazing skater in his time too, which resulted in his becoming the two-time (2005–2006) World Champion, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time (2005, 2007) Grand Prix Champion and a nine-time (2001–08, 2010) Swiss national champion.

Not to mention that he’s just a beautiful, beautiful man with equally beautiful performances.

Watch his program to “Don’t Stop The Music” from 2011 and you’ll understand what I mean. (Skating in a suit? Yes, please.)

But wait there’s more!

He retired a few years ago and now works as a coach and a choreographer - this season for Deniss Vasiļjevs.

How is this relevant to the YOI fandom?

You may recall this tweet/picture:

Yep, that’s them.

Not to mention that people (including the staff of the anime) have been saying that they’re the closest to the real life versions of Victor and Yuuri you could find, not on the romantic level, but more in the sense of physical closeness and working together well.

I mean

They have a point.

And shall we talk about their selfies? Both of their twitter accounts are full of their selfies from all sorts of events and trips. (Stephane’s is here, Deniss’s is here).

And that’s just one of them.

Okay, so where am I going with this?

To this last photo, from the recording studio where Stéphane was doing his lines for his character in the anime:

See that blond haired boy in the lower right corner?

Stéphane took Deniss along for the recording session, and I just find it incredibly sweet.

You guys know who’s awesome and usually forgotten? Stephan freaking the Great. Also known as Ștefan cel Mare. You know why he’s so awesome? Cause he won 46 out of his 48 battles, and totally held back the Ottoman Empire. And you know why he’s even more awesome? He’s still remembered and very respected in the country that he ruled in the second half of the 15th century.
But no one outside of Moldova remembers him, everyone only pays attention to one of his relatives, Vlad the Third aka Vlad the Impaler.
And that makes me mad.

A symbol of Chisinau: The Monument of Stefan cel Mare

The monument was made in 1927 by sculptor A. Plamadeala and represents the spiritual heart of the center. The monument stands at the crossroads of Stefan Cel Mare Boulevard, Chisinau’s Main Street, and Mitropolit Banulescu-Bodoni. Stefan Cel Mare (Stefan the Great), the Ruler of Moldova between 1457 and 1504, proved that when threatened by enemies from all sides a country could remain independent and overcome the most difficult challenges. He led Moldovans in battle in 36 wars, winning all but two. One of the most famous victories was the battle against sultan Mehmet II in 1457, near Podul Inalt in the Moldovan province of Romania, when STEFAN eel MARE defeated an army of 120,000 with only 40,000 soldiers. The Russian historian N. Karamzin described him thusly: “fearless before danger, strong in suffering, he amazed kings and kingdoms, achieving great results with small resources…” The historian Grigore Ureche compared him to “a lion ready to attack - nobody could tame him.” After hearing of his conquest of the Turks, the l Pope called him “protector of ’ Christianity.” The monument has traveled far and wide over the past century, in many ways mirroring the nation’s history. 11 was relocated to Romania several times to protect it from invading Russian forces. After its return to Chisinau, it was long relegated to a place of obscurity within the park. In I991, it was moved to its current and original location, taking pride of place from the statue of Lenin that had stood in front of the Government building (Lenin can now be found near Moldexpo, if you care to look that far). In September, wedding month in Moldova, the base of the statue is buried in flowers, placed there by couples on their wedding day.