Photo by Nikita Uspensky, Sport-Express
Ovechkin talked to Pavel Lysenkov after the press conference about the charity game on August 31st. He said that he was flying back to DC on September 1st. Here are some excerpts:
Why so early? Semin goes back to the States on September 8.
This year I've changed the preparation for the season. I have an arrangement with the Capitals fitness coach. Will arrive early to work out at the club. And also need to take care of some business.
Are you switching to a different stick manufacturer, from CCM to Bauer?
I have not decided yet. Maybe I will, maybe it will be good for my career.
Did you feel uncomfortable with your sticks last season? You even used Bauer with covered logo.
It was two years ago. My company actually did produce sticks that would break too often. And we had an agreement with CCM that until they improve their sticks I'd be playing with other company's sticks.
Have you started to advertise chocolate bars?
Well, yes. This summer I flew for a week to America. I love making commercials especially since I was invited. I suggest you to try these bars and then tell me if they are good.
After that you were in a video for the Washington Capitals web site. Everybody was amazed that Ovechkin gained weight in the off-season. You had such a belly there!
It doesn't seem like I have a belly. (Alexander points to his torso) But people started to call me immediately screaming to the phone, "What have you done? Watch the video!" I went online and gasped, "Wow, look at that!" I don't understand how it happened. My hands were swollen there as if after a week-long hangover. My abdomen, my face...
Was it a distorted picture?
Yes, that's how they shot it. And when you're sitting and slouching your belly is bulging.
The video was removed from the Washington Post site.
But still it went all over the internet.
Monday, August 29, 2011
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