This has been blown out of proportion since Dan Steinberg's "Evaluating Alex Ovechkin’s torso" post.
It has been re-posted, re-tweeted, copied on numerous blogs with the titles like "HOLY BEER GUT, BATMAN!". :-) When I look at keywords that people use to get to this blog, it is like "Ovechkin fat", "alexander ovechkin recent fat pictures", "alex ovechkin weight gain" and so on. Come on, people, enough is enough.
7/9/11: He does look fat on the screen shot from the video, but it's because of the angle, some video stretch, almost like from 4:3 video to 16:9 or slouching that makes you look fatter.
The video was shot probably Saturday, July 9, 2011. In the video interview Ovi said that would start training on Wednesday or Thursday (July 14th) in Moscow.
(Photo from RapidShot.ru, 7/14/11)
And sure enough, here is the picture of Ovi on Thursday, July 14 in Moscow, at the RapidShot simulator. Does he look fat to you? Do I see a six pack or am I hallucinating?
(Photo from Rewamp.com, 7/4/11)
If that is not enough, here the picture of Carlson and Ovi on July 4th, 2011. How do you like this angle?
From the previous post:
John Carlson is 6'3", 208 lb. Ovi was listed last year in official Washington Capitals media guide as 6'2", 234 lb. Looking at this picture you can tell how much weight Ovi has lost, he looks thinner than John Carlson!Repeat: Ovi looks thinner than 208 lb John Carlson!
Ovechkin didn't gain the weight, he LOST it. Enough said.
Update: At ladies request: Shirtless Ovi :-)
Photos by Pavel Lysenkov, SovSport.ru, 5/10/11
Ovechkin plays soccer in Bratislava at IIHF World Cup. May 2011