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Return that toaster: Ovechkin-Kirilenko engagement broken off

Jul 21, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

Nearly 18 months after getting engaged, Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin and tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken up.

From the Washington Post:

One of D.C.’s great power couples is no more. The press service of the Russian Tennis Federation announced Sunday that Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement. R-Sport reported the sad news with a quote from Kirilenko.

“I have decided to terminate the engagement,” she said. ” There are many reasons, but I do not want to go into details. I’ll say one thing: our relationship completed, but I respect Sasha as a person and athlete and I sincerely wish him continued athletic success. … At this moment, I’m concentrating on getting prepared for the nearest tournament. And I’m hoping that soon I’ll make my fans happy with news not only about my personal life, but also about my sports achievement.”

Kirilenko retweeted a link to the article on Monday.

The tweet:

In December of 2012, Ovechkin announced the two had gotten engaged just a few months after their relationship became tabloid fodder during the London Olympics. Ovechkin attended a number of Kirilenko’s matches during the games, where she went on to win a bronze medal in women’s doubles with Nadia Petrova.

According to AP, Ovechkin recently faced questions about the status of their relationship after he failed to accompany Kirilenko to Wimbledon in June.

  1. lowenni - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Yeah I’ve been seeing pictures he’s been posting on Instagram of him partying or with other girls so I thought something was up. Hope this doesn’t bother him during the season and affect his performance. One of the things that he attributed to his turn around during the lockout season was his relationship with Kirelenko, who he said helped motivate him and push him. Oh well, but “Russian Machine Never Breaks”.

    • stepanup - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      You thought about this?

      • lowenni - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Man have you seen Maria Kirilenko…I wouldn’t be straight if I didn’t think about her. She’s a goddess

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      It’s The McIlroy Effect. They broke off their engagement and they both are winning in their respected sports (Rory with The Open and CarWoz with her tourney). Hopefully it does the same for both

      • elrock7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        McIlroy had a big time DOWN year last season after they broke up. He only started getting it back together this season.


      • ravenscaps48 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        They broke up just two months ago!

      • elrock7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Really? I thought it was last year.

    • phtjoey - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Could his performance be worse than it was last year? -35 could become -50?

  2. patthehockeyfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    In related news, Kim Kardashian …

    What is this? TMZ? E! ?

    Who gives a crap?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Pat, by clicking on the story, you’ve signaled to NBC that you care.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Really? I didn’t know that! Wow!! Thanks for the info!!

      • barkar942 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Pat- last week, I clicked on a website to buy some rope lights. Now every ad on my computer is for rope lights. Are your ads now all for Hot Russian Babe Dating Sites?

  3. wutangwild - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Time to make my move!

    • ibieiniid - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      too late, good sir. I’ve made mine.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I don’t think Ovechkin will be interested

      • wutangwild - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        lol I was waiting for someone to say that. touché

      • barkar942 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Wut-Perhaps you should make a move for Cindy instead.

  4. beergold - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Was expecting to see a Blomfeld video of Aroesmith’s “Big Ten Inch!”

  5. sjsblitz - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Ovi should’ve given her the ol Varlamov treatment…………….too soon?

    • guitarhunterdude - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Not too soon, just unfunny.

    • stakex - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Its always too soon for a terrible joke.

  6. bsaures - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Dang I had just got my team ovenko tshirts made!

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    No that was perfect timing

  8. jhuck92 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Not only was this turned into an article, but it’s TOP news??

    • jdlinder11 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      It’s the middle of July. In case you havent noticed, we arent exactly flush with hockey news right now.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        True enough. It probably isn’t really news that the Leafs were eliminated last night from next year’s playoff race.

    • chanceoffleury - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Just be glad that today we have a little variety. At this point, any day when Pat Brisson isn’t trying to fool us all into believing Kane and Toews were some sort of heroes for taking the cap hits they did; or the most up to date “official” comment about how feasibly within the realm of possibility, but probably not, one could imaginably conceive that perhaps there is a chance that definitely maybe Crosby is getting wrist surgery, is a good day.

  9. topshelf37 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    She said it was a major turn off that he could not skate backwards and something she could not get over.

    • tved12 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Best comment on the board so far, kudos!

    • kotteintheslot - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      As a die hard Caps fan who always tries to defend Ovechkin, this made me laugh harder than I am proud of.

  10. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Dumping your tennis star fiancé can only help your game if last weekends Open taught us anything.

    • rsl22 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Don’t you have to win something before you’re labeled a “star”? (Although I guess that could be said of OV as well.)

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Actually, Maria Kirilenko has won 6 WTA tournaments and an Olympic Bronze medal, and has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the world. She’s been hampered by injuries recently.

    • elrock7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      she dumped him, read the article

  11. nyrnashty - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    He’s too young and has too much money to even think about getting married anyway!

    • elrock7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Yeah just ask Tiger!

  12. ntvd7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Does this make him a minus one? #rimshot #hackjokes

    • avscup - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      It would then be the second time in his life he is -1.

  13. killerpgh - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    No comments about lazy “back checking”. I’m a little disappointed.

  14. rushledger - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Sucks for anyone but he’ll be alright in the long run. Not an Ovi fan but you don’t want to see this happen to anyone, but like I said I think he’ll be all good.

  15. bhinrichs9 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I got one. What do Kiralenko and the Washington Capitals have in common?

    A. Both won’t be getting any D out of Ovechkin.

    • killerpgh - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      This comment is going to be tough to beat.

  16. alliceishome - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    “Who the f— is Sasha!?!”

  17. alliceishome - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    “Who the f— is Sasha!?!”
    – Alex Ovechkin

    • alliceishome - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      sorry, double post

      • alicesrightfootesq - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Apology accepted.

  18. stixzidinia - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Maybe his controller was becoming disconnected too often in the bedroom?

  19. blomfeld - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Person A: oh my, what could have possibly caused that woman to dump her fiancé like that ?

    Person B: well to be honest, he is rather ‘ugly’ eh ?



    With all kidding aside, tonight I offer my condolences to all Washington Capital fans out there regarding their hero Ovechkin and this ‘upsetting’ news. Being dumped in such an ‘unceremonious’ fashion isn’t easy for anyone, let alone some ‘lazy’ back-checker with a missing tooth ! Hopefully and God willing though, Ovi will now find the ‘inner’ strength to weather the coming ’emotional’ storm and thus prevent his negative ‘plus/minus’ rating from hitting triple digits ! :)

    • blomfeldsux - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      blomfeld you are still the biggest nobody idiot on any comment site. Does that make you proud?

  20. bbk1000 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Doesn’t shock me……this guy looks like Richard Kiel’s love child….

  21. har21441 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    This guy can’t seem to do anything that results in a ring.

  22. trueblue69 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Rumor has it she’s turned lesbian and started dating Sidney Crosby.

    • massconn72 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      That was fantastic. I loved it.

  23. ducksk - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Never ever trust a Russian. Ever. In love, war or sports. Generally, the culture is so different many can not understand. Generals Patton and MacArthur understood it.

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