Ovi poses with Maria, Artem, and Uncle Pavel. (Photo: @Ovi8)

All five Washington Capital Olympians packed their bags and left for the airport on Sunday. Players were scheduled to catch their NHLPA-arranged flights out of Newark International Airport around noon.

According to Nicklas Backstrom at Saturday’s morning skate, the players would fly directly into Sochi on a ten-hour flight. He was not looking forward to it.

“I’m not even sure it’s going to be exciting the first hour,” Backstrom said on Saturday. “Everyone’s going to be tired. We’ll get as much sleep as we can because when we wake up it will be morning. We need to get into a rhythm right way with [Russian] time.”

On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin, Backstrom, and John Carlson were all spotted by Rich Clune Chere of The Star-Ledger and NJ.com at Newark’s airport.

Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko also tweeted out some photos. Ovi, wearing Nike everything, posted a picture of himself posing with Maria, Pavel Datsyuk, and Artem Anisimov with the caption, “Going to Sochi! We’ll be in our homeland soon!”

Maria also tweeted out her Sochi ID card.

As well as her and Ovi rubbing their feet together for a pic on the plane.

  • Kate Jamison

    Am I the only one who’s not going to sleep well until all of our Olympians, but especially those representing the Caps, are back safe and sound on US soil?

  • Topher Gee

    Im so torn and will cheer for all of them… but my hope/prediction is a NB(19/69/99) and team Sweden win.

  • rapmadrob

    Ovi and Kirilenko remind me of middle schoolers with their first boy/girlfriend. The little collages and pictures together (like the rubbing feet on the plane) are so strange.. But as long as he’s scoring goals, it’s fine with me.


    There’s realistically only one person you should worry about and that’s ovi… If he is crushed through injury or defeat, it will, by extension, crush the caps already slim to non existent playoff hopes.

  • Tyler

    Rich Clune moonlights as a reporter in New Jersey. The more you know.

  • Haha. Funny mistake. Fixed. Thanks!

  • Robert Mattsson

    I’d say they are more safe safe in Sochi if you take all the police and securuty forces into consideration 🙂

  • Pat Magee

    At first i was all “John Carlson is not a center”, but then I was all…………. Yeah… I’m stupid. hehe

  • dylan wheatley