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December 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Seahawks 12th Fan of the Week: From Russia with love for the Hawks

12fan of the week-cThe Seattle Times will highlight a 12th Fan of the Week throughout the season. Each fan will predict the outcome of the next Seahawks game against a Seattle celebrity and Times reporters and columnists.

Ivan Yurchenko of Moscow shows off a pennant of his favorite NFL team, the Seahawks after visiting Seattle in 2012 and watching his first game.  Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times staff, 2012

Ivan Yurchenko of Moscow shows off the pennant of his favorite NFL team, the Seahawks after visiting Seattle in 2012 and watching his first game.
Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times staff, 2012

Name: Ivan Yurchenko

Age: 29

Resides: Moscow, Russia

Occupation: Website editor for “The Evening Moscow” newspaper

School: Moscow State University (2007).

Family: He and wife Marina have a 4-year-old son, Ilya.

Seahawks fan for: Two years. “I was fond of Seahawks, but then I saw in December, 2012 their game with Arizona Cardinals. It was amazing for me, because Seahawks made the big historical victory 58-0.” Ivan can’t watch the Seahawks games live in Russia, so he mines the internet for all the details.

Favorite Seahawk: Running back Marshawn Lynch. “Because of his great offense.”

My story: Moscow native studied German and English in school and while attending Moscow State University. “After graduating, I decided to become journalist, because I loved to write very much.” A 2012 trip to America remains one of his personal highlights. “One of the most memorable moments was my trip to the United States, when I visited Washington, D.C. and Seattle,” Ivan said.

Memorable moment: The most memorable Seahawks moment is, of course, win over the Cardinals 58-0 in December, 2012, because I have seen it live. It’s pleasant to see, how the history is created.” (Read Ivan’s Take 2 blog post about that game here).

Fast facts: While visiting the U.S. in 2012, Ivan didn’t want to fly from Seattle to Washington, D.C., so he decided to travel across the country by train. That took three days. “My housemates in Seattle and all colleagues were very surprised and amused,” Ivan said.

Prediction: Seahawks 25, Rams 20 – “I believe in Seahawks victory,” Iv an said. “They need to gain revenge for their loss in October.”

Want to be 12th Fan of the Week? Tell your story via our interactive “Where in the World Are Seahawks Fans?” map, and check out how fans do every week against a celebrity picker and Seattle Times staffers in “Seahawks Pick ‘Em.”

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