Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko were engaged to be married before Istagram sent their relationship tumbling down. This can’t be the whole story, can it? According to SI.com’s Alan Muir — who translated Russian sports website R-Sport — a picture may have played a huge role in the breakup.
“I have decided to terminate the engagement,” Kirilenko told R-Sport. “I do not want to go into the details. I’ll say one thing: Our relationship is over, but I respect [Alex] as a person and athlete and I sincerely wish him continued athletic success. At this moment, I’m concentrating on getting prepared for my next tournament. Hopefully soon I’ll make my fans happy with news not about my personal life, but my sports achievements.”
So how bad is this picture? Really, it doesn’t seem all that bad. Perhaps there is something Kirilenko knows that we don’t. The photo pictures Ovechkin in what looks like a helicopter with Russian gymnast Karolina Sevastianova. Russian basketball pro Vitaly Fridzon and friend of Ovechkin shared the photo originally, and then Sevastianova shared it herself, making her ride with Ovechkin costly for the Washington Capitals winger.
Ovechkin was shown, yet again on Instagram, after the breakup — but he doesn’t seem to broken up about it. In fact, the word I would use is jubilant.
This whole situation leaves us with important questions. Why did Sevastianova strike a nerve with Kirilenko? Will Ovi finally win a Stanley Cup? Why is he on a beach? I didn’t realize he got so far from ice. Anyways, the Russian dating pool just got exponentially more athletic.