Russia chose a veteran forward to wear the “C” at the Sochi Olympics.
“We have a candidate for the team’s captain who was agreed upon unanimously by the coaching staff -– it is Pavel Datsyuk,” Russia coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said Wednesday, according to R-Sport.
Datsyuk, 35, is set to compete in his fourth Olympics. The Detroit Red Wings alternate captain helped Russia to bronze in 2002, but it did not win a medal in 2006 or 2010.
He succeeds Aleksey Morozov as Russia’s Olympic hockey captain. Morozov, 36, is not on the Olympic Team this year.
Other candidates were thought to be Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and former NHL player Ilya Kovalchuk, who were alternate captains in 2010.
Kovalchuk didn’t consider the captaincy all that big of a deal.
“A patch on your chest means nothing,” Kovalchuk said, according to R-Sport. “To win at the Olympics, everyone in our team must be a captain.”
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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall underwent procedures on both of his knees, the team announced Thursday, clouding his chance of making the U.S. Olympic team.
Wall is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season in late October, but the team made no mention of if Wall could progress fast enough to be ready for a potential Olympic debut in Rio in early August.
The U.S. is already without its 2012 Olympic starting point guard, Chris Paul, who withdrew from team consideration in March.
The 12-man Olympic team is expected to be announced in late June.
If Wall is also out, that leaves USA Basketball to choose from this list of point guards among the roster pool finalists:
Russell Westbrook — 2012 Olympian
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Lindsey Vonn partied with fellow Under Armour sports stars Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth as well as rapper Vanilla Ice on Wednesday.
The company held its 20th anniversary party in Baltimore, where it’s based.
Vonn is living it up in her offseason following another knee injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season this fall.
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