Since we’re nearing the end of Valentine’s Day, let’s end on something cute, shall we? Thursday, during Russia’s 5-2 win over Slovenia, Alex Ovechkin‘s fiancee, Maria Kirilenko, was watching the game in the stands like normal.
What she was wearing was a bit remarkable though. The day before, the Russian language Sport-Express spoke to Maria and asked her if she’d be wearing an Ovi jersey. She did at Dynamo games. You’d think the answer to this question would be simple, but it’s not when you’re dealing with famous athletes who have big-money equipment deals with even more famous athletic companies.
Will you wear Sbornaya sweater with Ovechkin’s name on it when you are in the stands?
Maria Kirilekno: We have different sponsors [laughs], so I can’t. I’ll be wearing something with a Russian flag, but from my equipment company.
When Thursday night arrived, however, Masha was shown on Russian TV wearing that very same Ovi Team Russia sweater she said she would not be wearing. Nervously playing with her hair, might I add.
So what gives? I do not know. One thing I do know is that love conquers all — even when it applies to sponsorships.
Ovi and Maria: best)))))))
Illustration by @avv91