This is about the article in USA Today called "Some top male athletes had a woman as their sports idol" written by Christine Brennan.
Ann Meyers Drysdale, the Phoenix Mercury president and general manager who played on the U.S. team that won the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, had no trouble remembering the captain of the undefeated Soviet team that easily beat the Americans and won the gold all those years ago.
"She was their starting point guard, and we matched up sometimes," Meyers Drysdale said the other day. "She was a good player, a veteran player, crafty and physical."
Her name was Tatyana Ovechkina, and she wore No. 8. Nine years after the Montreal Olympics, and five years after winning a second gold medal at the boycotted Moscow Games, she gave birth to a son named Alex.
And now here is Great Eight's email to Christine Brennan that he sent from Moscow on Wednesday:
"My mom won two Olympic gold medals by working hard and always pushing herself to be better all the time. She always told me to set big goals and do everything you can to achieve them all the time. I still do that today because I always want to be a better hockey player and person."
Last year Ovi was carousing with Moscow Dynamo footballers so much that
I am pretty sure Ovi and his family talked about the last season and Ovi is back on track. I don't see him partying that much anymore, he got out of his last summer circle of friends, doesn't attend the birthdays, even at his best friend Andrei birthday party he was for only half an hour, he is training, Captain Ovechkin is on the mission.