Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Alexander Ovechkin of the NHL's Washington Capitals was named Monday as an official ambassador to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in his home country of Russia.

The announcement was made in recognition of Sochi's two-year anniversary since being awarded Russia's first Olympic Games. The Black Sea resort city celebrated the anniversary on Saturday.

Construction has already begun on the Bolshoi and Maly Ice Palaces - the two hockey venues of the Sochi Games.

"As an ice hockey player, it is truly an honor to become an Ambassador of the Winter Games being held in my home country," Ovechkin said in a news release. "As an athlete, I'll try to do everything possible for bring the Olympic gold for the Russian team. And as a Sochi 2014 Ambassador, to help ensure that the Winter Games will be held at the highest level possible."

At 23, Ovechkin is considered to be among the world's best hockey players. In June, the left-winger received both the NHL's Most Valuable Player awards: the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy. Ovechkin is expected to lead Russia in February at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic ice hockey tournament.

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