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.
With the Sochi Olympics less than two months away, Nike is upping their promotion game. A few weeks ago, they debuted their English “Play Russian” ad. Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin tweeted out a special Russian language version of the commercial, and this one features a lot more screen time for The Great Eight.
On June 13, 2008, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkinlaunched his clothing line with CCM. The lifestyle apparel, which featured a fancy number eight logo (that hinted at the Kremlin), was available for purchase online, in stores, and at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
We’re a hockey/astronomy blog, but if I told you a quarter of last week’s traffic came from stories in which Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkinmodeledthings, you wouldn’t blame me for going back to the well one moar time.
And so: Nike debuted its Nike Tech Pack, Tech Fleece collection two weeks ago, and Ovi is one of many famous athletes who modeled for the collection.
Few of us will ever know what it’s like to be a professional athlete. The rush of competing on a world stage atop perfectly groomed fields, courts, and tracks while millions of fans scream your name is a feeling we can only dream of.
Downtime while getting to and from practice is often an athlete’s only moment of relaxation. But truthfully, the spotlight never turns off. Even during their off moments these athletes are on.
In those moments comfort is everything. For that, athletes like Rory McIlroy, Matt Kemp, Kyrie Irving, Adrian Peterson, Alexander Ovechkin, Jon Jones, Neymar Jr., Allyson Felix, Perry Shakes-Drayton, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kevin Prince Boateng, Paul Rodriguez, Rafa Nadal, and Li Na turn to the next generation of classic sport apparel: Nike’s Tech Pack, Tech Fleece Collection.
I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be inspiring or something.
Regardless of if you’re going to buy them or not, here are a bunch of overly dramatic black and white photos of Alex Ovechkin.
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a longshot to make the US Olympic team (though they really could use some more right shots), but the young defenseman was asked to participate in the USA’s orientation camp held this week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex anyway.
On Tuesday, during a ceremony featuring Ted Leonsis looking ever-more-svelte, Team USA unveiled their new Olympic jerseys for Sochi. They were first modeled by Chris Drury and Bill Guerin before the rest of the team was introduced to the crowd. Carlson got a loud cheer from the home crowd.
The sweaters, designed by Nike, come in white and navy blue and feature a newly designed US logo and shimmering stars along the shoulder area. They also feature faux ties (like Russia’s jerseys ew ew ew), and a neckline inscription that reads, “Land of the free, home of the brave.”
Below, check out a closer look at the US’s new duds and few more pics of our main man Carly.
And now we have twoAlex Ovechkincommercials for Nike in consecutive days. Here we find the Russian machine showing off both his trick shot ability and deep love for citrus fruits. As an elderly Russian woman drops some groceries walking home, Ovechkin — always eager to be a good sumaritan — discreetly shoots an orange into her basket. Awesome.
Alex Ovechkinsigned with Nike a year and a half ago, and now — after all that waiting — he’s finally been put in a commercial, albeit for three seconds. But those three seconds sure are glorious. Watch as Ovi, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and others pine for hockey to return.
In “oh my God, end the fucking lockout already” news, Nike just released a video promoting their new holiday sportswear. The two-minute clip features Alex Ovechkin (looking more like JAWS from Bond than ever before) modeling super-tight Nike gear and answering personal questions.
Everything goes gr8 until Ovechkin starts blabbering on about his favorite color. Blue.
BLUE?! No, no, no, no Ovi. Red is your favorite color. It’s not Rock The Blue: it’s Rock The Red. Everyday that passes, I get more and more scared that Putin Dynamo Moscow fans have created some kind of brain-washing device to keep Ovechkin and Backstrom for themselves when the lockout ends. But that’s just silly. Hahahaha. [looks scared] …Right? Ugh.
Below the jump, check out the video, and Ovechkin’s full transcript, lovingly translated by RMNB’s Igor Kleyner.