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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Ovechkin makes SI Most Memorable list

By Dan Steinberg

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

'Tis the time of year for 2010 retrospectives, and while many folks in our humble sports department look down their noses at such things, I think they're great. Certainly more interesting than radio transcriptions.

I'm going to do some sort of year-end D.C. sports list on Thursday, but there's already a year-end list that demands our attention: Alex Ovechkin was named to Sports Illustrated's Ten Most Memorable Athletes of 2010 list.

Now, this list doesn't appear to be primarily based on athletic accomplishments. It was actually put together by legendary photographer Walter Iooss Jr., and the qualifications seemed to be some mixture of success and mystery.

"There's a certain aura about all great athletes," Iooss told the magazine for its introductory essay. "I don't know if it's because you know they're great or they know they're great. But there's something that you sense as soon as they walk in the room."

Aside from Ovechkin, the list includes Manny Pacquiao, Landon Donovan, Drew Brees, Kevin Durant, Kelly Slater, Tim Lincecum, Shaun White, Kim Yu-Na and Dustin Johnson.

Asked about Ovechkin, Iooss said this: "I wanted to shoot Ovechkin because of his face. It's perfect for a photographer, one of those can't-miss faces."

By Dan Steinberg  | December 22, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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"there's something that you sense as soon as they walk in the room"

Maybe they broke wind.

Posted by: fargincorksucker | December 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

No you might. ^^^
- They just on the other hand are just better than you, stupid waste of flesh. Moron.

Posted by: Rocc00 | December 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow. ^^^
Seriously, bud. Comin on a little strong there, aren't you?
Better than me? Stupid? Waste of flesh? Moron?

You got some anger issues, Rocc00.
Would love to work them out with you in person. Too bad you hide behind the internet.

Posted by: fargincorksucker | December 22, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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