Alexander Ovechkin was invited to the grand finale of
Eurovision song contest. He was
one of the 10 honorary guests along with the mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov.
May 16, 2009 (Moscow time)
Alex Ovechkin and Lena Katina. Photo KP.RU.
It's kind of a shock to me that Ovie is already in Moscow. Just day before yesterday he was in a locker room giving his last interview to the media and saying the he was leaving to Moscow "today". Frankly I thought he kidding as usual. And how he ended up as a honorary guest at Eurovision so quickly? Well, Yuri Luzhkov is a friend of Ovechkin's family. Here's an excerpt from Tatiana Ovechkina's interview to Sport-Express last year:
After this summer in Toronto Alex got a bunch of trophies and Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty arranged a chic reception in honor of Ovechkin. He handed him a symbolic key to the city. I am very happy that Alex is so loved in America.
But I would like to say about another Mayor, [about Mayor of Moscow] Yuri Mikhailovich Luzhkov. Few people are aware that he was helping Alex. I had never told it to the journalists. Our acquaintance with Luzhkov started in 1990s, when he began to support women's basketball Dynamo team where I was the president of the club. There were different situations, but in all matters related to the hockey future of Alex, I was always asking for an advice from Luzhkov. And he'd always give us the correct advice. When in 2004 Alex was chosen as a number one pick, the first person I called was Yuri Mikhailovich. And after Alex signed the contract with Washington I've sent the fax to Luzhkov thanking him on behave of our entire family.
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