Friends in High Places
Some media types from NASA-TV were at the Capitals practice at Verizon Center today. Expedition 14 Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, a Russian Cosmonaut, is quite a fan of Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. Tyurin graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1984 (the year before Ovechkin’s birth) with a degree in engineering and a specialization in creating mathematical models related to mechanical flight. Tyurin was a flight engineer for the Expedition-3 crew, and he lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for a total of 125 days.
Currently, Tyurin is the Commander of Soyuz-13 (TMA-9) / Expedition 14, which launched on September 18, 2006 from Baikonour, and docked with the International Space Station on September 20, 2006. He will serve as Flight Engineer during a six-month tour of duty aboard the space station.
The NASA-TV folks presented Ovechkin with a framed, autographed photo of the cosmonaut, along with a personalized message to Ovechkin in Cyrillic. The network interviewed Ovechkin briefly, had him deliver a taped message to be sent to Tyurin in space, and had the Capitals’ splendid sophomore do a couple station IDs. Ovechkin reciprocated with an autographed photo of his own for Tyurin.
Later in the day, more untraditional Ovechkin media made its way through this reporter’s cyber-transom. For an article to be published in Sovetskiy Sport on Oct. 17, Ovechkin posed with a horse, and looking like some sort of medieval warrior. Think Ben-Hur. I’d post the photos, but I probably shouldn’t since the paper isn’t to be published until tomorrow.
The NHL should take note of this sort of untraditional, against-the-grain type of media. It might want to get Sidney Crosby on a horse in a Ben-Hur suit, or send Jeremy Roenick up into space.
Or something like that.