3565. As a young man he was a member of the Czars personal guards and was able to ride a horse at full gallop, standing up like a circus performer and firing a rifle accurately at a moving target. And yet, that ability was not considered so unusual, seeing as all of the Czar’s guards were able to do the same thing.
3567. This may not sound like such an accomplishment unless you knew the Czar and his tastes. First the Czar loved his army, its uniforms, guns and military equipment, along with parades and the review of the troops. After that came the Ballet in which he took a personal hand in choosing the students for his ballet school, housed near the Winter Palace.