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Ovie's Take on the Beijing Games

This image comes courtesy of Konstantin E. Selinevich, the business manager to Alex Ovechkin. He reports that late last night, Russia time, 17 huge versions of this went up on the streets of Moscow. According to Konstantin's translation, Alex is saying to the Russian delegation, "Olympic athletes. You can do it. I believe in you. See you in Beijing. Alexander Ovechkin."

Of course, if some Russian pole vaulter needs 17 massive billboard exhortations from a tousled-hair, gap-toothed hockey player wearing his jersey over a collared shirt, the Russian delegation is probably already in some trouble. But it's a great-looking poster, anyhow, certainly better than any Crosby messages to the Canadian squad that I've seen. Here's hoping Young Nicklas can be called upon to motivate the Swedish Team Handball squad in upcoming days.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 16, 2008; 8:59 AM ET
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UniWatch geek-out: judging from the collar, that's gotta be his All-Star jersey (

Posted by: JP | July 16, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"'s a great-looking poster..."

I get sarcasm.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 16, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I've actually seen the swedish handball team play in person - they were dominant!

Posted by: Stormblue | July 16, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse


That was the first thing I noticed too, that he wasn't wearing a Caps' jersey.

Posted by: FS | July 16, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Guys come on he is obviously wearing the Team Russia National Jersey seeing how the advertisement is for the Russian Olympic Delegation! LOL!

Posted by: Puddin_an_Semin | July 16, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I too assumed the Russian national jersey at first but its missing the blue and white trim around the shoulders.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 16, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Given the amount of effort that apparently went into that photo shoot, it was probably like "hey, Alex, how about bring red jersey, red like Russia, any jersey okay, okay?"

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 16, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

It's the All-Star jersey - you can see the NHL crest at the bottom of the collar.

Posted by: JP | July 16, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Ovie's image is flipped. It's the left front tooth that's missing, not the right one.

Posted by: Smile Patrol | July 16, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It is flipped, the current NHL logo has the letters rising.

Posted by: tallbear | July 16, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

In Soviet Union, red jersey wears you!

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 16, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse


All NHL Jerseys have the NHL logo in front of the color these days. I don't necessarily disagree that it is an all-star jersey, but having the NHL logo there just means that it's an NHL logo. It's in the same place on all jerseys.

Posted by: FS | July 17, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I am an open-mineded single girl who love sports. I want to end my single life by meeting a guy who likes sports too. Let's mingle at the club ==== Black white meet . com====where love is color blind.

Posted by: Maggie | July 17, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm... the text is strategically covering the NHL symbol. A pro-KHL, anti-NHL tactic? lol.

Posted by: Ferret | July 26, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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