Gold Medal for Mongolian Contortionists in Monte Carlo
Friday, 10 February 2006
A group of Mongolian contortionists have won the gold medal for young at
the annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo (http://www.montecarlofestivals.com),
held under the auspices of H.S.H. Princess Stephanie. Performing as the
ensemble "three pairs", the contortionists were trained by Mongolian
State Laureate D. Majigsuren. Mongolian circus performers have had
repeated success at the Monte Carlo festival, with bronze, silver and
gold medals earned in previous festivals for acrobatics, tightrope
walking, and contortion events.
In related news, the newspaper
"Daily News" reports that Gerta and Prete, two Russian elephants who
were brought to Ulaanbaatar for a recent series of performances at the
Mongolian National Circus, have been unable to return home due to the
sudden spell of cold weather. Keeping the elephants is no small task
for Mongolia's circus, as each of the two animals consumes 100
kilograms of food every day - in addition to sharing a bottle of red
wine and a bottle of "Yeruul" vodka. A special insulated train is
expected to come from Irkutsk to collect the visiting elephants by the
end of the week.
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