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."
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