Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s Winter Olympic skates are as spectacular and ostentatious as Alex Ovechkin. They catch one’s eye from anywhere in the arena, and most likely also from the Earth’s orbit. They have golden laces and red flames and some sort of demonic farm animal. Their inspired sports artistry make us wish Russia had a NASCAR circuit.
That is a “demonic” sheep, isn’t it? Wyshynski (via Dmitry Chesnokov) has the explanation:
“The sheep is sort of a tribute to Ovechkin’s last name. ‘Ovechka’ is translated as a ‘sheep’ into English. So, Ovechkin’s last name (with the common Russian ending of ‘-in’) means ‘sheep.’”
Of course it does. And of course Ovi is already tearing it up in the Olympics, scoring twice in Russia’s opening win and pissing off an ESPN reporter. Next up? Russia vs. Slovakia this evening.