Alex Ovechkin goes shopping
So apparently when Alex Ovechkin does much of anything in Vancouver, including shopping for almost certainly tacky Olympic souvenirs whilst wearing a ridiculous Team Russia outfit, the camera folks get excited. That's what superstardom looks like.
This, of course, reminds me of Scott Burnside's ESPN.com item harshly criticizing Ovechkin for avoiding the English-language media.
While Burnside's language might have been a bit much, overall I'd side with the reporter here. Sure, someone who speaks multiple languages like Ovi might have more requests than a monolingual star, and sure, he is one of the most sought after athletes in the entire Olympics. But he's also an international mega-star, and has benefited immensely from the media attention, and will only help himself and the Caps by continuing to grow his persona.
It always comes off as petty to publicly complain about media access, but one of the few charming things about the Olympics is the way they sort of level out athletes across sports, to the extent that's possible. They all sit there in the mixed zones and put up with the questions; guys like Carmelo Anthony stood there and took 'em all in Bejing. Putting yourself above that fray usually doesn't end well.
('Course, he hasn't done anything nearly as obnoxious as Sven Kramer, who for some reason is being treated as a hero for mouthing off to an NBC reporter.)
In much, much more cheerful news, Mister Irrelevant sums up much of the deranged sheep skates reporting. It's all so fabulous.
And then there's Wayne Gretzky on his favorite Russian player, via Alex Ovejtkin: "I think it is Ovechkin, Yes, no question, it is Ovechkin. He is playing with such energy and verve, I can't help but enjoy watching him on the ice. But I have to say Malkin is close second. Maybe he didn't show his potential in the first game, but he will soon."
(Video via @JapersRink)
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