Last week, Russian rapper T-Killah posted an Instagram video of Alex Ovechkin sweaty and shirtless. Because reasons. The two comrades, along with Ovechkin’s close friend Sasha Gusev, had just completed a game of basketball and were debating their sporting skillz.
(I’m hoping this happened at Ovi’s house and I’m hoping that’s Ovi’s dog, whose name is also Ovi, barking in the background.)
View this post on Instagram
A post shared by T-killah (@t_killah) on
Here’s the translated transcript, via Igor Kleyner:
T-Killah: “Sanya, why are you so sweaty?”
Ovechkin: “It’s hard to play basketball against T-Killah.”
Gusev: “We got sweaty from tearing you up.”
T-Killah: “Guys, you have to admit, we ripped you nicely [earlier] in soccer.”
I’m speculating here, so tell me if I’m wrong: Ovi looks to be in tremendous shape. He looks toned. His face looks thinner than usual. His abs (in that protruding, muscular core of his) are cut all the way out to his hips, which is a phenomenon I’m going to call #AbCity. Like how is that even possible on an anatomical level?
Wednesday, we learned more about the Russian machine’s offseason training. Ovi took the ice with his former Russian KHL team, Dynamo Moscow, at their Novogorsk practice facility. The team asked the Caps captain how long he’d be sticking around.
— HC Dynamo Moscow (@dynamo_ru) August 12, 2015
“I think for a few weeks, just like last year,” Ovechkin said to Dynamo Moscow and translated by Igor Kleyner, “but I have been working intensively with my personal trainer.”
“Every year, I try to work with Dynamo players,” Ovechkin continued. “This is the club and the practice facility where I grew up. Everything here is familiar and convenient. The Dynamo management team accommodates me and allows me to practice with the team. Thus, we have a mutually beneficial relationship– I get great training buddies, while the young Dynamo players can learn something from me.”
Ovechkin, who turns 30 in September, is one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time due to his power and consistency. Whatever wacky things he does over the summer with his trainer, it’s showing and it’s working.
View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Alexander Ovechkin (@aleksandrovechkinofficial) on
Thanks to Olga Fedorova for the tip.
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.