Any article that captures Alex Ovechkin’s awesome personality is a total win in our book. Hence why we sent Fedor off to translate this Sports.ru story where a reporter asked Ovi and several other famous Russians what they think the mascot should be for the upcoming Sochi Games. Take a look below!
Ambassadors of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Alexander Ovechkin, Natalia Vodianova, Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin, Albert Demchenko, and Alexey Voevoda, supported a website that accepts public designs for the new Olympic mascot. They also offered their own ideas.
“The mascot should be funny, ” Ovechkin said. “I suggest a sheep (Ovechkin’s last name means sheep) either with a hockey stick or on top of a snowboard.”
Model Natalia Vodianova said she’d like to see a white tiger as the mascot. “It’s an endangered species and it needs our support. I’ll draw my tiger not as a toy, but graceful and beautiful. I like the belt which was used for the Bear (1980 Olympics mascot), and I’ll borrow this”.
Former figure skating world champion Maksim Shabalin believes that the mascot should be a kind animal with a moving and shy glance. His partner, Oksana Domnina, is convinced that the mascot will be a dolphin who personifies the beauty of Sochi’s nature.
Luger Albert Demchenko chose the golden fish (Russian Folk Lore) which executes wishes and will bring a lot of wins for the Russian athletes.
Two-time Olympic medalist in bobsled Alexey Voevoda thought that the sea horse would be the ideal mascot. In Russian, “horse” means “skate” as well, and that’s why he offers this.