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Ovechkin sends support to Plushenko via text

The text message from Russian Olympic teammate and Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin came just minutes after Evgeni Plushenko had completed his short program on the opening night of the men's figure skating competition, showing the same brilliance he displayed in winning the Olympic gold four years ago.

About three hours before Ovechkin took the ice for Russia's opening hockey game, he wrote in Russian to Plushenko, "We are all holding hands and watching you right now."

After the skate, Plushenko said he hoped to watch Russia's hockey game, and said he had been hanging out with Ovechkin and other hockey stars. Plushenko's agent, Ari Zakarian, who translated the text message, said Plushenko had carried a jersey from Italian soccer star Alessandro Del Piero to the Games for Ovechkin. He watched the team practice Monday, he said.

"I'm very friendly with him," Plushenko said. "They are my friends."

By Amy Shipley  |  February 16, 2010; 10:54 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Figure Skating , Ice hockey  
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Really? Watching men's figure skating and holding hands with your teammates? Not sure this was the best image enhancing text Ovi.

Posted by: Terpintino | February 18, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

He's European. Does everything have to turn into something gay? Get over it, already - it's called patriotism. He could have just as easily said "in the hopes that you win, we're all collectively holding our breath", but I guess gasping is also homosexual. SHEESH.

Posted by: fbutler1 | February 18, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@Terpintino, @fbutler1, LOL. I had both of your comments basically go through my head while reading this article, at which point I got to "I'm very friendly with him,", at which point, all that was mature within me left with an involuntary burst of laughter.

Posted by: mdarragh | February 18, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps a couple of you are a bit uncomfortable with your own masculinity. Other cultures aren't as hung up as ours can be.

Posted by: kimsumo | February 18, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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