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Nike unveils Russia's 2014 Olympic jerseys
Alex Ovechkin was on hand to help introduce the Russian Ice Hockey National Team jersey.
August 26, 2013 | TheFourthPeriod.com

The Russian Ice Hockey National Team unveiled its new jerseys today in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was on hand, along with Alexandra Kapustina, of the Women's Russian National Ice Hockey Team, as the new jerseys were released and created by Nike.

"Nike and the Federation worked closely together on the kit design," said Vladislav Tretyak, President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. "I hope that this new jersey takes a deserving place in the history of national hockey and becomes a symbol of team spirit and pride. This will enable the athletes to represent their country whilst the world is watching."

Nike took inspiration from Russia's national emblem of the two-headed eagle to create the new home and away jerseys. The jerseys are lighter and more breathable, and were redesigned with streamlined design lines, lighter graphics and a modern neckline reinforced with Nike Flywire.

"When designing the new uniforms we were very purposeful in our approach of blending a respect of the Russian past while embracing future technology," said Ken Black, Creative Director for Nike. "We know how much pride athletes have when they pull on the jersey for their country and at Nike, we are constantly striving to provide our athletes with the best products that will give them a competitive edge on the ice."

“Nike and the Federation worked closely together on the kit design. I hope that this new jersey takes a deserving place in the history of national hockey and becomes a symbol of team spirit and pride. This will enable the athletes to represent their country whilst the world is watching,” said Vladislav Tretyak, President of Ice Hockey Federation of Russia.

The red jersey has more of a traditional feel to it, with the white, blue and red stripes on the upper sleeves paying homage to the Russian flag. The white jersey has the Russian coat of arms in the center infused with golden graphics, the silhouetted eagle spreads its wings to take flight, like the Russian hockey team on ice.

On the white kit, eight gold crowns are on the sleeve, and four gold stars are proudly displayed on each shoulder of the red jersey.

"I am proud of my country and playing for Russia has always been a priority for me," said Ovechkin. "I really like the new kit design. The red jersey has eight stars on the shoulders commemorating great past victories. Though there is still space for more."


Ovechkin with Alexandra Kapustina, of the Women's Russian National Ice Hockey Team.
 

 


 

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