The private plane took the most popular Russian athlete in the world from Washington to the West of Greece in 8 hours, and now the lobby of a five star "Arty Grand Hotel" is shined with familiar toothless smile. This guy is ready for a sprint for his country even without skates.
Sasha, for a torchbearer you're in great shape, but how Washington did let you go, the season in the NHL is just about to start?Source: SovSport.ru by I. Yemelianov.
I missed just one game, a few workouts. But it is not just the management, but all the players understood. No one was teasing, on the contrary, only good wishes for me before I left. I owe this one to the team, and I am grateful.
It's hot here and you have to run in the winter suit. Aren't you afraid of a heat stroke?
It does not scare me that it is hot here. I am ready to run dressed in anything and as much as necessary . The main thing, I don't want to get tripped or something, I want to finish and do not want to be disgraced. It may only can happen once in your life. I am happy that I have had such an opportunity. But I can't figure out yet if the time zone changes affected me or not.
Have you even had some training at least once to run with a torch ?
I had a chance to run with a torch, when I was filming a commercial for Coca -Cola. I have not seen the real torch, but I think it is the same, shouldn't be a problem.
If you were offered instead to run with a torch in the outer space, or at the bottom of Lake Baikal, or on a North pole, would you do that?
Yes, I've heard that the relay will be in space, on the pole, on Mt. Everest. Would I take one of those proposals? In fact, I agreed to whatever was suggested to me. Everyone has its own destiny, its own cup. And I thank God that I got this, to run at Olympia. Opening is here and I was just called to be here.
You flew here on a private plane. There are hockey players who can fly their own planes. Can we imagine Ovechkin at the controls of his own plane?
It is still early. And it was comfortable to fly across the Atlantic on this particular airplane, thanks to all who organized it. I am glad to represent my country to the world. I feel comfortable when I am in the limelight. The popularity does not scare me.
Will the fact that the most popular Russian athlete in the world will carry the first torch affect the image of Russia?
I hope it will be affected in a positive way. I haven't done anything bad, only the good. Of course it is a big responsibility. But I must remain what I am, an ordinary man, not a super-mega-star. I must keep the honor. If my honor is clean, then everything else will be fine.
Do you agree that the current team has only four international stars, Malkin, Ovechkin, Datsyuk and Kovalchuk?
If someone thinks so, it is hard to argue with such person. But we all aware that it is not the stars that are winning, but the team. You have to play with each other and for each other.
Russia is recently under the increased attacks because of the anti-gay law. How do you feel about the hype and the possible boycott?
Every man, or an athlete, is a person. And everyone does what one wants. It is not in my rules to condemn someone. I do not see any sense to boycott the Olympics. Everyone knows how much I love my country and I am ready to fight for it.
Will you be a flag bearer at the Olympics parade if they ask? You know that it is kind of bad omen, those who carry a torch or a flag are not very lucky at the Olympics.
If I'd be entrusted to carry the flag, why not? I do not believe in omens. This superstition must be casted aside and one needs to move only forward, neither to the right nor to the left, only forward.
What is the mood for Sochi?
I want the Olympics time to come as quickly as possible, that's what the mood is. I have very strong impressions of Sochi. They have built a new city on a vacant lot. It will be a grand celebration, not only for athletes, but also for ordinary people.
The duty question: when there will the wedding with Kirilenko?
It will take place, but so far I can not say the date. Her schedule, my schedule, and it is necessary to do it in such a way that we will be able to spend more time with our family and friends.
Do you remember any Greek myths from the school's curriculum?
Today we drove past the lake where according to the legend the centaur healed his wounds. My PR manager Sergey asked to stop to take a dip. Perhaps he too is the one from the myths, such a centaur, haha!
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