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Meanwhile, at the World Pole Dancing Championships …

Nov 15, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

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Sorry — the World Pole Sport and Fitness Official Championship is what they call it. And once again the U.S. is shamed by not winning a single medal … the 2012 competition in Zurich, Switzerland, was dominated by the Russians, who are so far ahead of us in the pole dancing race that we can’t even call this a Cold War. It’s not as if there’s a shortage of pole dancers in this country — just ask the Ravens’ Bryant McKinnie. What’s going on here?

Anyway, here are the winners:

Female Singles: Natalia Tatarintseva, Ukraine.

Best Tricks: Polina Volchek, Russia.

Best Entertainer: Natalia Tatarintseva, Ukraine.

Best Costume: Julia Snopova, Russia.

Males (yikes)

Singles: Keem Martinez, France.

Best Tricks: Kristian Lebvedev, Russia.

Best Entertainer: Nico Modestine, UK.

Best Costume: Kristian Lebvedev, Russia.

If you’re like me, you’re imagining a young Kristian Lebvedev, alone in his room sewing costumes while the other boys are outside playing soccer. Well, that never happened. According to his Facebook page, pole dancing came relatively late in life for Mr. Lebvedev. From his bio:

In 2009 I served in army.In 2010 I came back home and I pursued my fitness career. When I was working in fitness I accidentally watched a Pole Dance video, in that time Pole Dance was not very popular, and I was interested in joining strength, dancing and art. In 2011 I moved to Moscow and I began teaching Pole dance, by the time I was ready to become a trainer and exercising 5 times a week, three times a day for 1.5 hours – I got in a new shape and learnt new tricks .Every second I was moving in my students development, they had results after 6 months of training. In the same year 2011 I was invited to a workshops by cities of Russia.

Remember, if you set a goal of winning best costume at a world pole dancing competition, you can do it!

Never! Never! give up! First of all I refer it to myself. No matter what it takes, never betray your dream and never forget about your goal, because your dream definitely costs it, you have to ignore the obstacles in your path. Nothing can’t stop you when you really want it. Do you hear? Never give up!

I hear!

Actually this looks uber athletic, a form of gymnastics, really. Although the poles look fairly flimsy and could bend or become dislodged at any moment. Also I’d like to see a competition just for firemen.

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  1. anotheryx - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Now this is worthy of an Olympic sports. Gods would be pleased.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I have some friends who do it and yes, it can be very erotic at times, but it’s also a hell of an exercise and requires an incredible amount of coordination. I’ve been invited to a few of the shows and I am usually left in awe of their athleticism.

    I even considered trying it on a dare but I’d essentially have to pay for private classes since they don’t do co-ed groups.

  3. lbroberts123 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    I’m sorry Mr. Lebvedev but you don’t “accidentally” watch a pole dancing video…

  4. darr247 - Nov 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Just search pole dancing on youtube… you’ll be amazed at their moves. I agree with the comparison to gymnastics; uneven bars are simple compared to the moves they do… it’s certainly not about stripping. Also check out the tweets from @PoleChamp – she posts related links, daily.

  5. gostlcards5 - Nov 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    I would like to know where a guy could sign up to judge the women’s competition (singles, doubles, groups…..I could do it all). :D