Last summer, it was Fatgate. Slouchgate. Whatever. Rumors swirled that Alex Ovechkin had packed on a few pounds. Not like Byfuglien weight, but more than his once lithe frame was used to. We dismissed the scandal, and Ovechkin played perfectly fine, but maybe there was something to it after all.
It appears as if Dynamo Moscow is unbeatable with Alex Ovechkin in their line-up. The defending champions won their seventh straight game Saturday, defeating Metallurg Novokuznetsk 3-2 in front of a hometown crowd of 6469, including Ovi’s mom Tatyana and his girlfriend Maria Kirilenko.
Ovechkin tallied his 10th point of the season, receiving a secondary assist on Yury Babenko’s powerplay goal.
Photos expertly taken by Perry Keating. (Copyright Perry Keating 2012)
Soon after representing the NHLPA in Toronto, Alex Ovechkin was back at home in Virginia playing soccer with his shirt off. Along with girlfriend (and Olympic bronze medalist!) Maria Kirilenko and Capitals teammates Stan Galiev and Dmitry Orlov, Ovi kicked the ball around on Wednesday night, letting us all know he’s fit and active during this hopefully not overlong offseason.
Ovechkin’s fitness comes as a huge relief to the Caps community, who last summer suffered terribly under the extinction-level crisis we now know as Fat-Gate. Ovechkin appears lithe and healthy here, which is exactly what any rational person would expect of an elite professional athlete.
After falling just short of a medal in the Women’s Tennis Singles competition, Alex Ovechkin’s girlfriend Maria Kirilenko won an Olympic Bronze Medal today in doubles together with fellow Russian Nadia Petrova.
Kirilenko/Petrova, who previously lost to the Williams sisters in the doubles semifinals on Saturday, beat the top-seeded American pair Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber. The Americans won the first set, 6-4, but couldn’t seal the victory, losing 4-6 and 1-6 in the next few sets. In the third, Huber visibly struggled, suffering from pain in her left hip.
Alex Ovechkin, sitting in the VIP lounge of the main Wimbledon court, went wild when Kirilenko/Petrova clinched, screaming, waving, and even taking photos from his seat. A few minutes after the victory, Ovechkin tweeted out,”we take [the medal] to Moscow and make party!!”
Alex Ovechkin isn’t competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but he’s been there the whole time anyway, cheering on his girlfriend Maria Kirilenko in women’s tennis. Despite his spectator status, he’s gotten into the Olympic spirit, attending Maria’s matches and making new connections with international athletes.
The sadly unengaged Ovechkin has always enjoyed meetingfellowcelebrities and has never lost his enthusiasm for it — this summer, he’s tweeting these celebrity run-ins as they happen, thoughtfully giving us a clear timeline of his new friends.
Alex Ovechkin is no stranger to the Olympic games, but this summer in London he’s just along for the ride. He’s been watching his girlfriend Maria Kirlienko compete in tennis for Russia and soaking in the special atmosphere of the Olympics, watching events, meeting new people, forming new friensh –
Caps fans have gotten used to the annual summer tradition of negative rumors about Alex Ovechkin — he’s fat, he’s partying, he’s an international spy. This year, the rumors have been suspiciously tame, and we’ve got a new one that’s downright adorable.
We would post the music video here, but unfortunately it has not been uploaded anywhere*. Thankfully, Vklybe.tv published some fantastic photos of Ovechkin and Kirilenko interacting with the crowd, a crowd which appears to consist mainly of ladies wearing Russian hockey jerseys and nothing else. Oh yes, they have props too.
Follow us below the jump for pictures of Ovi’s night in da club.