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- 07/21/14--07:48: Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko Break Up, End Engagement
Photo: ITAR-TASS On Thursday night, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin returned to the spotlight for the first time since he accepted his fourth Rocket Richard Trophy in Las Vegas. The re-emergence was for good reason. Ovechkin was the head judge of Miss Moscow 2014. (Hall of famer Pavel Bure was on the panel too.) “In my opinion everything went very well, very lovely,” Ovechkin said to TV reporter Ivan Obydenkov. “For us, the judges on the panel, it was one hundred percent clear who the winner was.” The winner, 18-year-old ballet dancer Irina Alekseeva, is an art student from the Moscow College of Fine Arts. Twenty-eight girls took part in the show. Each one performed two dance numbers and then competed in swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions. Alekseeva ran away with the competition after a stunning ballet number during the talent portion of the contest. Aw man, Ovi’s so impressed. “I think there are no questions,” Ovechkin said afterwards. “The young lady did everything properly. She did everything right in her solo number. She chose the correct dress and everything else.” Later, Ovechkin did another interview with kp.ru. He was asked why Maria Kirilenko did not accompany him to the competition. “She’s at home,” he said. “She’s preparing for her [tennis] tournaments.” Ovechkin was then asked why he didn’t accompany her to Wimbledon, like he has in years past. “There were problems with visa,” Ovechkin began, before pausing and ending the interview. “You are done with your questions.” Last year, as you’ll recall, Ovechkin was barred from using the Wimbledon gym. He also has a relationship with several Russian leaders who are being sanctioned due to Russia’s actions in Crimea. Video Translation by Igor Kleyner.
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Ovechkin and Kirilenko after they got engaged. (Photo: @Ovi8) This morning, R-Sport announced that Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko have parted ways and ended their engagement. Kirilenko gave an official statement and retweeted R-Sport’s article on Twitter around 10:30 AM. “I have made a decision to break up our engagement. There are a lot of reasons, but I wouldn’t want to go in detail. I’ll say just that our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha as a person and an athlete and sincerely wish him athletic success in the future. “I’m currently concentrating on preparing for my tennis tournaments and I hope that soon I’ll be able to please my fans with news about my success as an athlete and not just in my personal life.” Over the summer, Ovechkin and Kirilenko were not spotted together much. Instead of carrying her bags at Wimbledon like in past years, Ovechkin went to Las Vegas for a week-long trip before the NHL Awards. A few weeks ago, he was the head judge at Miss Moscow 2014 before he traveled to France for some beach time with friends. Ovechkin and Kirilenko met at the US Open in New York. The cute couple dated for three years and got engaged January 1, 2013. Translation by RMNB’s Fedor Fedin.
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On Monday, Maria Kirilenko announced through R-Sport that she and Alex Ovechkin were dunzo. “There are a lot of reasons, but I wouldn’t want to go in detail,” Kirilenko said, as translated by Fedor Fedin. “I’ll say just that our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha as a person and an athlete and sincerely wish him athletic success in the future.” Without sharing those details, the gossip hounds turned to speculation. Case in point: Ovechkin, who is currently vacationing on a French beach, posed in photos that got published on the internet. One person in those photos was gymnast Karolina Sevastyanova. Sevastyanova was scrutinized in particular for a) being a woman, and b) being near Alex in those photos. R-Sport, who first broke the break-up news (say that three times fast), later published a nonsensical story, which later got translated by Sport Illustrated’s Allan Muir. That article, entitled Alex Ovechkin dumped by Maria Kirilenko over Instagram photo, was shared widely across social media. Despite the fact that Kirilenko and Ovechkin hadn’t been seen together in weeks, the article made it seem as if the pictures were the scandal that split the couple up. On Tuesday, Kirilenko shot back in an interview with Sovetsky Sport’s Nikolay Mysin, calling those reports “laughable.” “I made my decision to break up the engagement long before these pictures appeared on the social networks,” Kirilenko said, as translated by RMNB’s Igor Kleyner. Kirilenko added, “it is not a secret for anybody that Sasha has certain habits and particulars of behavior that I did not consider worth tolerating anymore.” Her full comments are below. Maria, can you comment on the story about the pictures with Sasha and [gymnast Karolina Sevastyanova] on social networks, which are being so vigorously discussed in the media? Maria Kirilenko: Believe me, over the years I have seen so many pictures of Sasha […]
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Photo: @aleksandrovechkinofficial 244 days after his engagement to Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko ended, Alex Ovechkin is dating again. At 4 AM on Sunday morning, Ovechkin posted a photo of himself with Nastya Shubskaya. The caption in Russian reads: Моя девочка,спасибо что ты появилась в моей жизни !!!очень дорожу тобой❤️ According to Igor Kleyner, it says in English, “My girl, thank you for appearing in my life!!! I cherish you so much❤️” O rly? This is the second time in a month Ovechkin has posted a photo with Shubskaya. The previous photo was cropped and included a caption with three emojis. They were all those smiley faces with hearts as eyes, so you know this is super serious. So who is Shubskaya? After some research, we found out that she is the daughter of a somewhat famous Soviet/Russian movie star, Vera Glagoleva. Glagoleva’s IMDb page shows she’s a veteran of 33 Russian acting roles and has directed five films. She has two other children, Anna and Rodion, from a previous marriage. Shubskaya’s father Kirill Shubskiy is also a well-known entrepreneur in the shipbuilding industry. The couple gave birth to Shubskaya in 1993 while in Switzerland. Here is a photo of the whole family together, taken a few months ago. A photo posted by Nastya Shubskaya (@nastyashubskaya) on Dec 5, 2014 at 6:11am PST (Fun fact: this photo was taken at the same restaurant where Ovi took Adam Oates in 2014 when the coach visited Russia.) Before meeting Ovi, Shubskaya was dating Artem Bolshakov, a Russian residing in New York. Shubskaya graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography last summer. She’s been in a few Russian movies, one of which was produced by her mother, but nothing since 2008. In the April 2014 Russian edition of Elle Magazine, Shubskaya was named one of the top-ten […]
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