|Jockoff Rutknik and Bladimir Imnutsky hope to set their|
own world record inside the bar in olympic village.
By chance, Dave Taylor met the two at the Hole in the Berlin Wall, a small drinking establishment in Sochi. In a country where vodka is the preferred beverage, Taylor was surprised to see these two drinking down large schooners of beer as quickly as the bar tender could refill them.
Taylor arrived in Sochi on Tuesday as part of the advance team that will be reporting stories from the Olympics. Not able to speak or understand the Russian language, Taylor knew the best best place to break through the language barrier would be a tavern or bar. Using this logic he was able to meet the two young Russian beer drinkers named Jockoff Rutknik and Bladimir Imnutsky.
The two had become crowd pleasers to the drinking locals, who kept cheering them on and buying them rounds of beer, while making bets as to which one would fall off the stool first. When Taylor approached the two, they both smiled and speaking in broken English declared, "Hey look, it's that big news guy from America! We be famous now!" They ordered a beer for Taylor and he was then able to get this story for CHANNEL 1 NEWS.
Rutknik and Imnutsky are from a village in the Ukraine and became best friends after their wives divorced them two years ago. In a strange set of circumstances, the two ended up marrying each others former wife. "In American, the name for us is buddies!" Imnutsky said laughing while patting Rutknik on the back. "There are none secrets between we two."
The two work at an out door ice skating rink in their village and excel at ice making. When Sochi landed the 2014 Winter Olympics, Rutknik and Imnutsky knew it would be their year to shine. They left their wives at home and headed for Sochi. Now as they ready themselves to start making ice, they are also preparing themselves to "go for the gold," as in beer drinking. Dave Taylor will follow these two and their story as time permits. "It's gonna be fun!" exclaimed Taylor by cell phone, "These guys are for real!"