russia))))))) (Photo: @Ovi8)

Four years ago in Vancouver, Alex Ovechkin revealed his specially painted skates for the 2010 Winter Games. They featured his number eight painted and a demonic sheep. The sheep we later learned was a nod to the Ovechkin family name: ‘Ovechka’ means “sheep” in Russian.

For Sochi, Ovechkin’s skates are a little less gaudy and a thousand times more patriotic. In a tweet last night, Ovi debuted his new skates, which feature the Russian flag ever-so-subtly painted across the side of the boot. His signature yellow laces (not gold…) are there as well.

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