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Wax Alex Ovechkin looks terrifyingly real

Oct 24, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s good…It just might be a little too lifelike.

On Tuesday, Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin accomplished something that eluded the likes of Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux during their playing careers.

He got himself a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.

On Monday, Madame Tussauds Washington unveiled Ovechkin in wax, its latest addition to the “Sports Stars” category (joining some fairly elite company in the process — Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods and Muhammad Ali.) Tussauds staff took 250 measurements and photographs of Ovechkin for the statue, and has been working since July to finish the project.

Alex Ovechkin is a tremendous athlete who has captivated hockey fans not only in the Washington D.C. area, but across the nation as well,” said Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. general manager Dan Rogoski. “We are honored to add a figure of Alex to our roster of sports icons and know our guests will enjoy interacting and lining up alongside him for photos in our Sports Zone.”

It should be noted that only two NHL players have ever been made by Madame Tussauds — Ovechkin and Wayne Gretzky. I’ve never seen the Gretzky one, but there’s no way it could be more realistic. The only difference between Ovechkin and his wax replica is that one of them blinks.

Here’s the video of Ovi’s ceremony, complete with a rambling answer on what he’s dressing as for Halloween:

  1. donttouchthedirtypenny - Oct 24, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    It looks real, but it looks s little chubby and mature to me. That’s how I imagine he’d look in 20 years after crawling out from under the vodka bottles to play an alumni game.

  2. tk1966 - Oct 24, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Oh, that Ovechkin? I thought it was an ad for Geico.

  3. bigbear42 - Oct 25, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Whats the point of wax statues?

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