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Flame Watch: Alex Ovechkin to carry the Sochi Torch

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If you’re wondering whether Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin will be playing in the Olympics: don’t. He’s made up his mind regardless of what the NHL owners and players decide.

“To be honest I didn’t think about it right now,” Ovechkin told the Washington Post. “It doesn’t matter what they’re going to say to me. Of course it means a lot for everybody, for all the Russians. I’ve been in Olympic games and I know exactly how it feel to play there. It’s pretty big, biggest event in the world.”

Also no surprise is the fact that Ovechkin will be a Torchbearer at some point during the 123-day run up the Sochi Games. Whether he’ll light the cauldron is a different question, but the hockey star, whose season starts Saturday in Tampa Bay, said he’s proud to be able to carry the Torch for his hometown Games.

“I’m very happy and it means a lot to me.”

Check out this Coke commercial with him carrying the Torch (translation required):

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky big winners at Team USA Awards

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Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards, which took place Wednesday evening at Georgetown University’s McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, claimed six medals in Rio to increase his Olympic medal total to 28.

Ledecky broke two world records on her way to winning four golds and one silver in Rio.

Other winners included:

Team of the Olympic Games: Final Five (women’s gymnastics)

Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Tatyana McFadden (track and field)

Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Brad Snyder (swimming)

Team of the Paralympic Games: Women’s sitting volleyball

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

MORE: Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

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Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:

400 free gold medalists 🏅 #teamusaindc @usaswimming @kledecky

A photo posted by Becca Meyers (@beccameyers20) on