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Ovechkin: D.C.'s most popular athlete?

Through his time in Washington, Alex Ovechkin has quickly become a favorite among Caps fans, but is he the most popular sports figure in the nation's capital? Washington Post blogger Dan Steinberg pondered that in his D.C. Sports Bog last August. Here's a portion of Steinberg's conversation about D.C.'s top athletes with a few Washington Redskins players:

So....top five most popular athletes?
"After me?" [Chris] Cooley asked.
"Probably Freddy Adu," [Clinton] Portis said.
"Freddy Adu?" Cooley repeated. "You're [extremely] crazy. Jason Campbell, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss..."
"I don't think so," Portis said. "I think Alana Beard. What's the dude's name from the Nationals?"
"Zimmerman," Cooley said.
"Zimmerman," Portis agreed. "Ovechkin. What is it, Simeon? Simeyon? Man, number 28 for the hockey team."
"Oh, Semin," I said.
"Yeah, Semin..." Portis continued.

For more, plus poll results, click here.

By John Kiernan  |  January 2, 2010; 2:43 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey  
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