A Siberian skater’s 80 years on the ice | DW Documentary

A Siberian skater’s 80 years on the ice | DW Documentary

For the last 80 years there’s no place that Lyubov Morekhodova would rather be than on Lake Baikal in southern Siberia. The sprightly senior lives on the western shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake.

Ice skating is Lyubov Morekhodova’s passion. When she straps on the steel blades she’s used for decades, she’s just as nimble as ever. Baba Lyuba – as she’s fondly called – looks after four dogs, five cows, two calves and four chickens. But whenever she’s not caring for them, she takes to the ice. Lake Baikal is often frozen over for six months of the year and the octogenarian believes skating on it is the secret to her longevity. The world’s deepest lake is her deity; she has more faith in its powers than in the miracles of Jesus, whose birth is currently being celebrated around the globe.


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