Now this is just a shocker. I was sent the blog post from a reader who said it was a must post. I can’t get over this.
Meet Alex Ovechkin’s new girlfriend, Katja (nickname for Ekaterina). She is a senior at Moscow Pedagogical University with major in English. She met Alex over the internet. The virtual romance turned into a real one. They met for the first time in real life on February 7, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
Q.: Alex said that you two met over the internet. Could you tell the details?
A: Yes, we met through the site “Odnoklassniki”. I love sports, and I am a long time fan of Moscow Dynamo. I had a friend Anton Shunin, who is a goalkeeper of Moscow Dynamo soccer club. And he had a friend Sasha Ovechkin. I clicked on his profile just for surfing. I didn’t believe he was a real one. There are a lot of fake ones at Odnoklassniki site! The site allows you to see who visited your profile. All of a sudden I am receiving a message from Ovechkin! He was asking something about our mutual friends. I answered, but didn’t take it seriously. I thought he was a bogus Ovechkin. I even told him it was a shame to fake Ovechkin. And he answered with a bunch of exclamation and question marks, “You don’t believe me??!!”
I didn’t believe him for the whole week while he was trying to prove he was real. He was giving the names of Dynamo players, etc., but you can find it on internet. And finally he said, “Ok, buy the newspaper ‘Sovetsky Sport’ for Nov. 29 and you will see.” I opened your newspaper and read in his interview “I want to say hello to ‘SPY’!”. And SPY was my name on Odnoklassniki site.
Q.: Yes, I remember. Ovechkin called SovSport writer Dmitri Chesnokov and asked for an interview. Our initial thought was that request was related to contract negotiations. At the end of interview he said “hello to ‘SPY’”. For three months we tried to figure out what he meant.
A.: But I still was cautious. Sasha used such a beautiful words and spoke about such a serious things! But he only saw my photos!
One day he said, “We are leaving for a road trip. I am asking you a favor to give me your phone number”. I gave him the phone and the next morning a text from him “Hi! This is my American phone number”. And our infinite text correspondence has started from there, you can write down another novel about it. You won’t believe it, we text to each other every half hour! He’d send me text 10 minutes before the start of the game, and even in between during the breaks. “Thinking of you” or “Honey, I scored this goal in your honor”.
And he called me… We talked for 2 hours every day.
Q.: The most interesting fact, in November Ovechkin got in a sharp takeoff. He started raking twice as many points compared to the start of the season. That’s what love does to people!
A.: One time Sasha, through our mutual Moscow friend, sent me a teddy bear and the flowers, 51 maroon and white roses. And then he wrote “This is unbearable! I want to see you! Drop your school and come to see me.”
And I went to the American Embassy.
and here’s the new love of his life:
Read the rest of the interview here.
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