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PHOTO: Alex Ovechkin's Olympic skates are very patriotic

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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Alex Ovechkin is always identifiable on the ice simply by his skates. You can't possibly miss the bright yellow laces that are one of his trademarks.

In the Olympics the laces are still there but his skates will be even more eye-catching. That's because Ovechkin, who has been tabbed as the face of these Olympics in Sochi, has special skates for the Games.

You can't mistake the fact that Ovechkin is playing for the host Russians.

Judging by these skates and his other recent tweets, Ovechkin seems to really be savoring the Olympics in his host nation. Question is if he'll still feel that way when the heat really starts to hit the Russians and Ovechkin.

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