Many young girls would love to become successful and even world-renowned ice skaters. Visions of competing in the Olympics and winning the gold surely fills the minds of many promising young athletes — and that they will do almost anything to achieve such a lofty goal. There is no doubt that these dreams can take turns for the worse, much like it did in the Nancy Kerrigan and Tanya Harding debacle (where Harding paid a brute to injure Harding to knock her out of the Olympics to sort of lessen the competition). You'd think it doesn't get any worse than that.
Until you learn of the story of Annora Petrova — she was a very promising and talented figure skater, seemingly destined to compete in the Olympics. Except, certain events tragically befell this Olympic hopeful in the midst of her trying to realize her dreams.
Annora Petrova was born in Portland, Oregon to Mikhail Petrovic and Nancy (Snyder) Petrova. At the age of six, she began trying her hand at ice skating. Then, having taken to ice skating, she began taking figure skating lessons by the age of 10, and competed and won a championship when she was 13 at the Crystal Classic. Thereafter, she was taught by famous figure skating trainer Sergei Polukeev.
It was the night before her first championship win that things started to take a strange turn for her. That night, she was experiencing a lot of anxiety in anticipation of the competition, so started occupying herself on the Internet. For fun, she Googled her own name and, surprisingly, found a Wikipedia page about herself that said she would win the next night's championship at Crystal Classic. She speculated, maybe assumed, that her father or her figure skating club had made the page as a way to inspire her to win. When she asked her dad about this, though, he flatly denied that he made the page.
Strangely, when she would check her Wikipedia page before competitions, it consistently and accurately predicted her subsequent victories at every tournament. She worked hard to be good enough to compete in the Olympics, and Sergei pushed her hard to be at the peak of her condition to win. She wanted to win a chance at the Olympics so bad that when it came time to try out at the sectionals, she decided to sort of cheat and influence her Wikipedia page. When she tried to update the page, instead of displaying what she wanted, it instead contained the statement, "Annora Petrova is a selfish little b---- who is going to get what she deserves."
Annora was also desperate because her best friend Bree was competing at the qualifiers and Annora did not think she could beat her because her skating was exceptional. In fact, at the tryouts, one of the blades on Bree's skates flew off and sliced Annora across the forehead causing her to bleed significantly. It was believed that Annora sabotaged Bree's skate because she was the only one who handled the rival's skates before the competition. Annora totally denied this accusation.
After the incident, Annora was banned from competition. Sergei was also black-balled because of his association with her — so he also quit training her. It was commonly said, among those involved (including Bree's parents, the trainers, and the officials involved in the event), that Annora got what she deserved. It started to become clear that the Wikipedia page predictions were coming true.
It should be noted that administration at Wikipedia was not aware of this page and it is speculated that only Annora had access to it or that she fabricated the story.
Consequently, the page continued to have horrible descriptions of young Petrova and predicted one tragedy after another. It read that she was a pathetic little orphan and that her real parents had died in a terrible accident. When Annora tried to contact her parents after reading that particular page entry, she heard nothing but laughter on the other end. When she eventually viewed call records from her parents' phones however, it did not show those specific calls that she tried to make to them.
Annora became very despondent and reclusive. She eventually received a settlement for her parents' death and moved to Switzerland.
While in Europe, she abandoned her habit of checking the page and started becoming a success at her craft again. Unfortunately, before an audition for the Ice Circus, she relapsed into her old habit of checking the page to see possible results of her figure skating endeavors. It read that she would die friendless and penniless on the day before the audition.
Annora was found dead at her computer in Prague, Czech Republic.
The main evidence of these events come from a letter Annora wrote to Bree and what was found on her computer. Certain theories have been postulated, and circulated, as to what happened to Ms Petrova.
- One theory is that someone with very specific skills had manipulated both what Annora found in her Web search and what was transmitted to her on her phone (like when she tried to call her parents). This theory also postulates that those conspirators made use of ultra-magnetic waves to manipulate Ms. Petrovas thoughts.
- The other theory is that Ms. Petrova was suffering from some sort of psychosis and had a major breakdown. This is common among many very talented and intelligent young people and she definitely fits into that category of a "mad" genius. It is speculated that she lived in a rich fantasy world, and it is even speculated that she herself created the Wikipedia page that had subsequently been leaked to the Web after her death.
The tragedy of Annora Petrova remains a mystery. But it certainly should serve as a warning to us about what happens to promising young people, considering the pressures they endure. It just seems that the competitive spirit and that ambitious drive for success ran afoul and the tragic events in Ms. Petrova's life could have been avoided.
Kiku on August 21, 2018:
Oh mah gahd it's so scary
The Queen of crazy on May 24, 2017:
This is really scary... I LOVE IT!!
mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on December 27, 2015:
Very weird stuff - love it! :) Thanks for writing.