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Alex Ovechkin's skates

After Team Russia's practice yesterday, Alex Ovechkin told reporters he had something cool in store for his Olympic footwear.

"I will have a twist of my own," he said when asked if his skates would be red, as Caps teammate Tomas Fleischmann had suggested. "It's a secret. You will see it for yourself."

Well, here they are, in all their yellow-laced, fire-breathing glory:

(Julie Jacobson/AP)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 15, 2010; 7:42 PM ET
 | Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Olympics  
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Oh man, you better bring back the gold with those blades. Plus he's got the red stick going too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 15, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Sidney Crosby is gonna crap his pants when he sees this one...this does not follow "The Code." Like it or Lump it...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 15, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Ovie. This is why we love you in DC. The greatest hockey player of our generation AND a sports personality only matched by Mohammad Ali was at his boxing peak!

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 15, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I mean if he had red skates, he'd probably wear them for the caps.

Posted by: wis193 | February 15, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Is that a sheep on the outside back part of the right skate?

Posted by: G-SHOK | February 15, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

two seasons ago at the world championships ovi wore skates with red blades.

Posted by: ovyscaps | February 15, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse


This is why I love Ovi! <3

Posted by: irockthered | February 15, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Cam Janssen?

I am bringing up this name so that we do not all the NHL perhaps expects we will. I will not let this rest. If Green and Ovi deserved their suspensions (Green did) then I will d#$@! well see a repeat offender get theirs as well - and more. If he does not then I am truly (and reluctantly) jumping on the conspiracy bandwagon.

Posted by: eyechip | February 15, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

totally badazz!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | February 15, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Is that a sheep on the outside back part of the right skate?

G-SHOK -- No, I think that is how Ovie views Crosby - kinda like a characture

Posted by: Shiba-fussa | February 15, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

On Ovi putting sheep on his skate blade.

Well, the guy's last name was derived from the Russian word for sheep. So the name means little sheep or little lamb.

But that lamb is ram tough, so to speak.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 15, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"AND a sports personality only matched by Mohammad Ali was at his boxing peak!"

During his prime Ali was hated by more people than loved. Greatness is rarely recognized as it is taking place, but severely missed when it's gone.

Posted by: FLDave | February 15, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Or could we dub Ovi's skates as sheepskates?

Appropriate for a guy who's name means little sheep.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 15, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

the usual suspects (crosby, etc) will make a big deal out of these skates as they do about everything Alex does. But how cool would it be to see all players rom around the league pimping up their skate blades. Sorry Sid, it's going to happen just like Jumping into the boards after scoring a goal is slowly becoming the norm

Posted by: dlakjesad | February 15, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

If they were flaming Maple Leaves on Crosby's skates it would be a non-issue.

I'm sure people will point out how he's showing his self centered true colors by drawing attention from his fellow teammates.

Posted by: FLDave | February 15, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Is that a sheep on the outside back part of the right skate?

G-SHOK -- No, I think that is how Ovie views Crosby - kinda like a characture

Posted by: Shiba-fussa | February 15, 2010 8:59 PM


Thanks Shiba-fussa. At first, I wasn't sure whether the sheep logo was making a statement about Crosby or himself. But then I saw the big gap in the sheep's teeth and knew it was Ovi.

Posted by: G-SHOK | February 15, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Rocc00 | February 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Blast Ovie! Am I actually going to root AGAINST you during the Olympic Tourney? There isn't a single Cap on the US team. Well, I guess Ron Wilson can count.

Ugh. We also have Orbit Gum on our roster.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | February 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Starts tomorrow! Excited to see some good hockey.


Posted by: richmondphil | February 15, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse


But, we do have a good team!


Quite a line.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 15, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

It's finally starting tomorrow! Can't wait!

Posted by: elicea | February 15, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse


I must admit I'm not exactly excited about the US cast of characters either. Rooting for Orpik (who you call Orbit Gum) is like rooting for the bully who used to torment my kids or the kid who used to spread nasty gossip about my kids.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 15, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Those blades will annoy Sindey no end. I love 'em!

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | February 15, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse



Well, the American team is helped by children whose fathers came from else where. Parise's father is French Canadian (and, yes, the trailing "e" has an accent) while Stastny's father is from Slovakia (and whose family was the Slovakian equivalent of the Sutters of yesteryear who were the equivalent of the Staals nowadays.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 15, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

ya know - for someone sho could have just as easily fallen off the turnip (or borscht) truck - OV has a certain style about him that is quite 21st c. Strange. The Russkie who came in from the Cold to DC & Dressed with some elan. Gotta love the guy and gotta love the fact that he loves the game. Go Caps.

Posted by: ccape1 | February 15, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Personally, this is the one event I am not going to be rooting for the US in. They have a roster full of players I can't stand, while Russia, Sweden, and the Czech Republic have some of my favorite players. Not even a choice there.

Posted by: timmyv38 | February 16, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

how many zebra had to die for this skates!?:)

Posted by: 1337haxxor | February 16, 2010 5:33 AM | Report abuse

Man do I love OV!!! GO RUSSIA!!!

Posted by: capscoach | February 16, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Team Canada's fourth line: Toews, Morrow and Iginla... Ouch! Stronger than USA's first line.

My prediction: G: Canada S: Sverige B: Czeska

Posted by: atybat | February 16, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Rooting against your country is never ok. What is wrong with you people? I hope the finals are USA -vs- Russia (if that's possible) and the USA smokes them. I would love to see the Caps players do well when not playing USA.

GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mike4169 | February 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse


I completely agree!! I love the Caps players, but this is your country here!!! You gotta back the US (while silently hoping your favorite players do well).

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 16, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

It could be a lamb on Ovies skates. Ovechkin means "Little lamb" in Russian.

Posted by: griz0615 | February 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Not rooting for you country is perfectly OK. I'm pulling for Russia all the way!

Posted by: blaketus | February 16, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

No offense, but for a country that voted for G Bush into office, how could you possibly justify rooting for Team USA? J/K. I don't think rooting for another country to win is reason to start deporting U.S. citizens. Still rooting for Team Russia. Best of luck though, Team USA. Hey Team Canada, s*ck it! =P

With utmost apologies to CapsFan75. =/ Sorry for the attitude towards Team Canada.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 16, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

is it a conspiracy that the rink ISN'T olympic size? The Canadians claimed that renovating General Motors Place would cost too much, so they convinced the IOC to leave it as an NHL sized rink.

Question: Does the smaller rink have any effect on the more skilled players? Does it matter to the skill players? Some say yes, some say no. Ovie is great when he has room to get his legs moving but were the Canadians thinking they wanted to slow down the European teams?

I'd much rather see an open game, crisp beautiful passing rather than a typical NHL, dump and chase, grind it out in the corners, type of game.

Posted by: mgoride | February 16, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

i'd love to see what semin would put on his skates...

if you understand russian, you will get that.

Posted by: j762 | February 16, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

See, I don't get Ovi haters. How can you NOT like this guy?

No pulse? No fun? Don Cherry? From Pittsburgh? Whoops, I guess I just answered my own question.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | February 17, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Who said anything about deporting people?

It's your country. Rooting against it should feel wrong. I have a feeling when the time comes you will maybe find yourself rooting for your country.

I know you were joking about Bush but uhhh you are rooting for a team that put Putin in power. lol So you saying all that pretty much joked that you approve of Putin. WELL DONE.

I understand rooting for Russia over everyone else but USA FOR GOLD!!! I know how to be loyal luckily.

Milbury I think wants to have Crosby's first child. I think Mario has already claimed that though.

Did everyone see Crosby crying to the refs the fist couple minutes of the Olympics. How anyone can respect that guy is beyond me. Not a shocker a reject like Milbury likes him.

Posted by: Mike4169 | February 17, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I don't want Team USA to lose (too badly). Let's just say, that I don't want them to beat Team Russia (at all). All's fair though when it comes to Team Canada. I want a hush to befall over Canada Hockey Place when they get served crow like they just experienced at the Jr. Worlds (?) in January. I want them to riot in the streets and whine and cry about the number of penalties that weren't called on the other team and how they were robbed. I want Crosby on television explaining how he and his team effed up and lost their opportunity to medal in this year's Olympics. Most of all, I just want people to remember it and just get that ill feeling in the pit of their stomach, thinking maybe it's not that big of a deal that Crosby got the Stanley Cup because he made Team Canada lay a big fat goose egg when it came to the Olympics. I'm not wishing for too much, am I?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 17, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Chocolate gold medal to Mike4169 for having the value of loyalty to his country. For the record, I do root for Team USA. When they're not playing Team Russia. When they do, I'll apologize profusely to the tv when Team USA gets pummeled by Team Russia. It'll be exhausting celebrating and apologizing in a matter of seconds, but if only to appease the loyalty police, so be it.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 17, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

and I will rub it in your face when my country beats yours.

Posted by: Mike4169 | February 17, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I could not agree more about team Canada though. USA will destroy them too just like the Russians!


F Canada and F Russia (But good luck Ovy LOL)

If USA is out and it's Russia -vs- Canada I will be allllllllll about the Russians for sure.

Posted by: Mike4169 | February 17, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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