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Junior Hockey League continues Partner-In-Arms series. Today we’re going to sit down with Kristina Shikhanova – Ladiya Togliatti forward Stanislav Rangayev’s girlfriend. She opened up about how she met the hockey player, how she supports him during the season and also shared a funny story of their relationship.
My name is Kristina. I’m 15 years old. I study at school. Ever since I was a kid dancing has been a part of my life. I’m a HC Lada cheerleader. I also tried myself in figure skating, gymnastics and painting.
There’s nothing unusual in how I met Stas. We had known each other for a long time but we had never talked. Once he messaged me on a social network and we began messaging back and forth. I had never thought that we would start talking, not to say dating. I think that I was drawn to Stas by his kindness, compassion, sincerity and simplicity.
Hockey and relationship
I was tethered to hockey ever since I was born because my dad, uncle and grandfather played hockey. So I suspected that one day I might be interested in a relationship with a hockey player. How often do we talk about hockey? Pretty often. I’m always interested in what’s going on with Stas’ team. He often tells me about his career goals. As for spending time together, we hang out rather often. Almost every other day or sometimes even everyday. The fact that I’m a cheerleader plays a role. Thanks to that we get to see each other more often. I come to every home game. Sometimes as a fan and sometimes I follow the game while dancing on the stage. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to go on a road game but I wouldn’t mind going somewhere to support my boyfriend.
Prior to games I usually wish Stas to have a good game and good luck. I do my best not to disturb him so I wouldn’t get in the way of him getting in the right mindset for the game. After a successful game we talk about it. If his team losses, I do my best to support him and certainly give him an opportunity to pour it out.
Hockey or not, rest is on the schedule
In our spare time we go for walks or to the movies. During the season sometimes we go to Lada games or skate around the rink. How different is Stas on vacation and during the season? During the season he’s more focused and buried in his thoughts comparing to how he is on vacation.
It happened very early into our relationship. That day my girlfriends and I danced at a Ladiya game. After the game the boys skated to our stage and banged their sticks. Stas blew me a kiss from ice-level. Back then not everyone knew about our relationship and one of the cheerleaders reacted when she saw that, ‘Oh, girls, #22 Rangayev blew me a kiss!’. I burst out laughing on that. I told her that the kiss wasn’t meant for her. We still look back at that with a laugh.
I think that the main qualities for a partner-in-arms are patience, compassion and ability to provide support when needed. She also has to be faithful and always be by his side. Hopefully, I tick all these boxes (laughs).
Gameplan for loved one
Stas, never give up and keep working hard no matter what! Always have a positive mindset. Believe in yourself and your team, and then everything is going to be alright!