From news.mail.ru, June 25, 2009:
Alexander Ovechkin's mother Tatyana Nikolayevna spends most of her time with her son in America. The Trud's correspondent met with the famous basketball player, two-time Olympic champion, and talked with her about Alexander.
Tatyana Nikolayevna, are you seriously worrying about the separation with your son who for the most part of a year is playing over the ocean?
It is certainly not easy, but I try as often as possible to visit Sasha in Washington and do it at the first opportunity. So one can say that we are spending a lot of time together.
When Alexander left to America, he was still quite young. Did you worry about your son, who was in a foreign country with the different language and customs?
Of course I did, but not so much. If a person has his head on his shoulders, he will be able to cope with the new conditions, even if it's not that easy. Sasha has always been independent and responsible, so I knew that he wouldn't make any serious mistakes and it eventually turned out that way.
Alexander said in our conversation that was always happy when you come to visit him and said that he would turn down any restaurant in favor of mother's food. What dishes does Sasha like?
Sasha loves everything what ordinary Russian people do. But the special place in his the soul is for pelmeni (dumplings). So each time I'd visit him I'd make them. We often have his friends, led by Sasha Semin, who come to enjoy my homemade pelmeni.
Sasha always comes back to Russia at the first opportunity. Can you say that American life is not so dear to him?
You should remember that he has a lot of relatives and friends in Russia and Moscow is his home town, which he loves a lot. That's why he always strives to spend all his free vacation time here.
What would you like to wish your son the most?
It all goes well in his athlete's career. Sasha has always complied with the regimen of training and he trains a lot in order to push the envelope. If he'll be healthy then all will be in order. I'd like him to win the Olympics and the Stanley Cup. Well, and I wish him to meet a decent girl who will love and appreciate him.
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