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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 12:57 AM   #1
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Why do some of us call Elena D. Alyona...

it's ok if she'd prefer that, but I know for sure that she calls herself Lena...

Where did Alyona come from?
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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 01:18 AM   #2
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Does Elena not want to be called Alyona?
I know of gymnasts Alyona Zmeu and Alyona Kvasha.
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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 01:22 AM   #3
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I'm not sure about her liking it or disliking it, but her mom calls her Lena too (at least I heard it once)
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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 02:31 AM   #4
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it is just our affectionate name for her...

i love u alyona/lena ... kick some ass this summer!
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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 05:51 AM   #5
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It is easy in Russian to derivatize the words and to produce short, affectionate and tender variants of the names.
Here's a few names Elena can be called by her friend and relatives: Lenochka, Lenok, Elenka, Alyonka.
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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 10:53 AM   #6
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That`s a very good question, tenn_ace. I don`t know why everybody else calls her that way, but I remember when I started doing it myself. It was two years ago at my 1st interview with her. I started the interview calling her "Lena", but then noticed that she called Elena Likhovtzeva and Elena Bovina - Alyona Likhovtzeva and Alyona Bovina respectively. After that I switched to addressing her "Alyona" as well, and as far as I could see she liked that name better. Maybe I was mistaken then, but I still call her only that way.
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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 11:57 AM   #7
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Arhivarius is quite right.
Then there're too many Elenas in tour.
Alyona, IMHO, is ideal for Dementieva.
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Well I kinda circulate between the three!
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That`s a very good question, tenn_ace. I don`t know why everybody else calls her that way, but I remember when I started doing it myself. It was two years ago at my 1st interview with her. I started the interview calling her "Lena", but then noticed that she called Elena Likhovtzeva and Elena Bovina - Alyona Likhovtzeva and Alyona Bovina respectively. After that I switched to addressing her "Alyona" as well, and as far as I could see she liked that name better. Maybe I was mistaken then, but I still call her only that way.
thanks for your honesty, fresh2flash... I thought we should blame you for that
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After that I switched to addressing her "Alyona" as well, and as far as I could see she liked that name better.
I also like that. It is like someone from Russian fairy tales..
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i hadn't called her Alyona before fresh started it off.
it was always Lena
but too many (E)Lena's around so Alyona stuck
i find Alyona easier to type somehow as well

never called her by Alyona though.
in matches-she's always Lena when i'm watching.
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Yeah to me Elena Bovina is Lena, and Elena D is Alyona. I call her Elena when I cheer her on.
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I also like that. It is like someone from Russian fairy tales..
Spot on

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I think Alyona is a beautiful name as well as Elena.So,never mind.
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ok, whether we like it or not, but Elena is Lena... that's what she prefers

now we know for sure, thanks to saab95
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