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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was a busy man last night. After scoring two goals and breaking the goal cam in the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, he left Verizon Center in a rush and boarded a jet. But not before some photos and some not-so-subtle product placement.
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— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) September 28, 2013
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“I’m going to be probably smiling all the time and I’m going to remember this stuff for all of my life,” Ovechkin said. “I going to tell my kids, my grandkids, and it’s probably one of the biggest moments in my life.”
Ovechkin was also asked about Russia’s poor record on gay rights. He dodged the question (again), saying only that he was looking forward to playing in the Olympics.
“To be honest with you, I’m a hockey player and I’m not (into) politics,” Ovechkin said. “In this kind of situation you’d have to ask those (in) politics.”
Like Vladimir Putin. Who has Ovi’s phone number.
Ovi is set to carry the torch around 5am eastern time Sunday morning. The Russian leg of the torch relay is set to cover 40,390 miles over 123 days before arriving in Sochi on February 7th. It will be carried by 14,000 torchbearers who will be travel by reindeer, dog sled, snow mobiles, boats, hot air balloon, train, plane, and Russian machine. The torch also be carried into space on November 7th, which just sounds unwise. Hey, let’s put this open flame inside this air-tight capsule with a limited supply of oxygen and then put the whole thing atop a giant chemical bomb.
A practice run for the torch lighting was held midday Saturday in Ancient Olympia. The flame didn’t light. Uh oh.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, chief organizer of Sochi 2014, said in a press conference that they didn’t think the torch would be used in the ceremony.
“The gas bottle had been removed,” Chernyshenko said to the AP. “It’s been built to work in some very difficult terrain and freezing temperatures. So it will be fine tomorrow, you will see.”
Let’s hope so.