With the NHL lockout entering it’s fifth month, Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin has had plenty of time to spend with his girlfriend, #14 ranked tennis player Maria Kirilenko. The two Russian superstars have been dating for about a year and on New Years Eve they made it official, announcing their engagement via Ovechkin’s Twitter.
We are engaged !!!!!!! )))))))))
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) December 31, 2012
This summer when Ovechkin wasn’t training for a hockey season he was seen attending all of Kirilenko’s tennis tournaments, including Wimbledon and the 2012 London Olympics and also serving as an occasional practice partner. The two even mixed it up on the ice.
25-year-old Maria Kirilenko is widely considered to be the most beautiful female athlete in the world and was featured in Sports Illustrated’s 2009 Swimsuit issue (view the photos). You can watch a behind the scenes video of the Dominican Republic shoot below.
This news immediately puts Maria Kirilenko & Alex Ovechkin at the top of the sports power couple list. Other sports power couples include:
Laird Hamilton & Gabrielle Reece // Casey Daigle & Jennie Finch
A.J. Feely & Heather Mitts // Matt & Misty May-Treanor
Nomar Garciaparra & Mia Hamm // Sasha Vujacic & Maria Sharapova
Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf