WASHINGTON, DC, September 30, 2011 - RIA Novosti, Maria Tabak. Russian hockey player Alexander Ovechkin will personally introduce his own wax figure to the visitors of Madame Tussauds wax museum in DC.
On Tuesday, October 4, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will meet face to face with himself, opening his own wax figure and pose with it," said the representative of the museum Gladwyn Lopez to RIA Novosti.
According to Lopez, Ovechkin will become the second hockey player immortalized in wax. The first one was Canadian Wayne Gretzky.
"The opening of the figure is related to the beginning of the new Capitals season, scheduled for Oct. 8. At the ceremony Ovechkin will sit with the children of Ft. Dupont Ice Hockey Club, and they all will have one tooth painted black, a reference to the missing Ovechkin's and his wax figure tooth, " said Lopez.
The museum's spokesman said that Ovechkin took an active part in the creation of his wax alter-idem. He spent many hours with the artists of the museum, who took more than 250 different measurements and photographed the hockey star from all possible angles.
"Since July a group of artists worked hard to make the wax figure fully consistent with the unique style of Ovechkin, to match the color of his eyes to be exactly the same as the original, to match the shape and the overall look of a real person and his twin, and to make the smile of wax Ovechkin just as charming as a hockey player himself, " said Lopez.
"Ovechkin gave his wax figure the Washington Capitals hockey uniform and all the necessary items," added the museum's spokesman.
Ovechkin was selected by "Washington" as a number one draft pick in 2004, and since then has spent six seasons with the Capitals, scoring 614 points in 475 games. The Russian is one of the most popular players in the US. One can often see on the streets of Washington, DC Americans, proudly paced in red Ovechkin T-shirts and jerseys. We can therefore assume that his wax figure will attract a lot of Madame Tussauds visitors.
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The event will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 2:00 PM ET at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington, DC.
Madame Tussaud is Marie Tussaud, born in Strasbourg on 1 December 1761. She had a lot of talent for the art of wax modelling, and made wax figures of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire and Robespierre. During the French Revolution she was arrested on suspicion of royalist sympathies and barely escaped the guillotine. In 1802 Marie Tussaud moved to London, where she died in 1850.
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