Seeing double: Djokovic cheers lookalike Olympic winner

France’s snowboard cross gold medallist during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Pierre Vaultier (L) and Serbia’s tennis player Novak Djokovic. (AFP)
Updated 19 February 2018

Seeing double: Djokovic cheers lookalike Olympic winner

PYEONGCHANG: Tennis ace Novak Djokovic has invited French lookalike Winter Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier for a get-together after the snowboard gold medallist noted the resemblance between the two men.
Vaultier told French TV he was a fan of Djokovic and had always wanted to meet the Serbian former world number one.
Djokovic responded swiftly on Twitter with an invitation to the French Open at Roland Garros.
“@pierre_vaultier let’s make it happen. See you at RG (Roland Garros)! And congratulations on your Olympic medal(s)!“
Vaultier said the likeness between himself and the tall, dark Djokovic had been raised in the past and added: “When I am watching him play, his expressions and his intonation, I feel like I am watching myself.”
The 30-year-old Vaultier won the Olympic snowboard cross gold in Pyeongchang on Thursday, retaining the title he won in Sochi four years earlier.
The French Open tennis championships will take place at Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10.


Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

Updated 2 min 25 sec ago

Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

  • Then Russian Navy Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko wrote the letter when he was a 36-year-old aboard the Sulak
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.
Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television station KTUU reported.
“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”
Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.
Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.
He was skeptical he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.
“There — exactly!” he exclaimed.
The message was sent while the then 36-year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian television reporter told him the Sulak was sold for scrap in the 1990s.
Botsanenko also showed the reporter some souvenirs from his time on the ship, including the autograph of the wife of a famous Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his wife’s protests.
Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was first reported by Nome radio station KNOM.