Blood drips down Semin’s forehead. Ouchie.
We thought we’d seen all the casualties of the Russian team celebrating their World Championship win on Sunday, but it turns out there’s one more war wound to document.
Teammate Alex Ovechkin took a spill while helping throw their coach in the air, and Semyon Varlamov took a spill when hoisting the trophy, but Alex Semin actually drew blood.
Via Pavel Lynsekov at Sovetsky Sport:
Alex Semin has blood on his forehead.
Question: “Is it from a hit by a Slovak?”
Alex Semin: “Oh no, I was pulling my jersey off and smacked myself on the head with the medal. And it cut the skin open. It’s heavy!..”
So it turns out Evgeny Kuznetsov was the only player in the Caps organization that did not have some basic failure in motor function that day.
Those weren’t the only hijinks involving the medals. KHL president Alexander Medvedev tried to give Ovechkin a second medal after Vladislav Tretiak had already put one around his neck (See the video below). Ovechkin didn’t accept the second gold, and politely pushed Medvedev away.
The Ovechkin moment comes at :45 seconds into the video.
Lynsekov’s article also documents other follies of the day, like when the team poured champagne into the trophy only to discover a hole in the bottom. The Russian players reportedly tried to plug this hole with their fingers while waiting for their coach– not wanting to drink without him.
The next international tournament is a long ways off now, and we have to hope the Russians don’t win it. For health reasons.
S/t to varlysuperfan.tumblr.com for initially posting. Translation by Igor Kleyner.
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