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Fedor jumps in a river

Fedor’s training camp sure seems like fun. There’s been a steady stream of pictures flowing out of Stary Oskol showing Fedor training outdoors in funky tracksuits, working with a large team of mean looking Russians, and of course the famous Riding A Horse picture. Now as a part of his kooky orthodox Christmas celebrations, he spent yesterday dipping himself in the Oskol river with his spiritual adviser and entourage member Father Andrew.

Here’s the description of the Epiphany ‘holiday’ as it is celebrated by Russians:

The Epiphany, celebrated in Russia on January 19, marks the baptism of Jesus in the Orthodox Church. Believing that on this day water becomes holy and is imbued with special powers, Russians all over the country cut holes in the ice of lakes and rivers, often in the shape of the cross, to bathe in the freezing water.

Participants in the ritual may dip themselves three times under the water, honoring the Holy Trinity, to symbolically wash away their sins from the past year, and to experience a sense of spiritual rebirth. Orthodox priests are on hand to bless the water, and rescuers are on hand to monitor the safety of the swimmers in the ice-cold water.

And now, spiritually reborn and cleansed of his defeat, Fedor is ready to smash some faces in!

(via the Garv)