Sochi Olympics

Team puts hope in Russian hockey star 'Alexander the Great' 

Feb. 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM ET

Alex Ovechkin said he hopes for an Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup, all in the same year.
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Alex Ovechkin said he hopes for an Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup, all in the same year.

The U.S. is taking on Russia in men’s hockey, and superstar Alexander Ovechkin is carrying the pressures of a host nation hoping for gold. 

Ovechkin is one of the biggest stars in both Russian and American hockey, since he plays for both the Russian National Ice Hockey Team and the Washington Capitals. He is so successful he has been given the nickname "Alexander the Great." 

Video: 'Alexander the Great' shares challenges, future goals

Ovechkin credits his parents, star athletes themselves, with mentoring him every step of the way.


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