As you probably know the Russian President has cancelled his visit to Vancouver for closing ceremony. And you guess it right, it's related to a hockey meltdown of team Russia vs. Canada.
Yes, it goes back to 1972 and it's all about the national pride and the way how Canadians humiliated the Russians, beat them up and broke Kharlamov's ankle. This would be remembered a thousand years from now. It's not that the Russians didn't deliver the same blows to Canadians, in 1981 Canada Cup they won 8:1 with Canada having such stars as Gretzky, Lafleur, Bossy, Perreault, Ray Bourque and Robinson. For Russians the game that will be remembered the most will be the win over Canada. You can lose to Finns, Swedes, Americans, Czechs, but the one that will hurt for a long time will be the loss to Canada.
Now you can understand the emotions after the tough loss and Ovi's reaction to this person who was filming him. It's still no excuse to Ovi, and it's the first time I see him being so mad. We will never know what provoked him, would be nice to see how that person looked or was holding. Ovi is walking and talking on the phone when he sees her filming him. He tries to avoid her going to the right, but she follows him. This is where Ovi puts his hand over the camera. I can tell you one thing, she has a strange Russian accent, maybe she was Czech? Ukranian? or Russian Jagr fan from whoever he plays for out there? Was she trying to put her camera right in his face or was it something else that provoked Ovi's reaction?
The guy who posted it wrote that the person who was filming "escaped with contusions and bruises." Don't believe it, Ovi just put his hand over the camera and that was all. She was still filming Ovi and his friends after they passed. She said "don't break," and then "don't break open", a slight difference between the first and the second, as if she was not a native
See, it started with paparazzis getting under Ovi's skin. If I would be him, I would start punching to the left and to the right. :-)
Again, no excuse for Ovi.
Meanwhile Bykov, who was interviewed by Russian Press, still believes that he made the right decision keeping Nabokov in the game after the first period. Putting Nabokov instead of Bryzgalov was the bad decision in the first place. Was there something else we don't know?
And regarding to some comments somebody left on this blog about Ovechkin being overrated(?): in the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, Ovechkin scored the winning goal that eliminated Canada in the quarter-finals.
Without Canada the world wouldn't have the game of hockey, without Russia the world would never reach the awesomeness and excitement this game has now. It goes back and forth, it's now Canada's turn. The pendulum has swing, beware of Ovechkin Canada.
The horror of paparazzi's:
Both RIA News and the woman can file a suit against Ovechkin. Ovi, come back home to DC, enough of Vancouver, stay away from trouble.
Here's the video evidence (thanks to one of our readers in the comments section):
It starts with Ovechkin looking directly at the camera of RIA Novosti Eugene Fatkin, shaking his head from side to side and saying "Don't shoot" ("Не снимай"). The guy ignores him and continues to shoot. Ovi comes to him and says "Why are you shooting [I asked you not to]" ("Ты че снимаешь?") and Fatkin asks him to record the interview.
I think Fatkin deserved it. No respect for privacy. He was asked not to shoot. If someone would do it to you, and you don't want to be filmed, what would you do? Personally I would punch that guy in the face and break his camera, would you?
I also agree with the reader who left the link to the video:
It is very clear Ovi doesn't want to be filmed. If this guy wanted an interview then why is he being a total creep stalker about it???? He is just lurking and stalking Ovi.
I think Ovi should sue RIA Novosti, not them suing him. That's not the way how major Russian News agency should conduct the interviews.