He's also a big sports fan, attending Ravens games in his hometown of Baltimore. But he hasn't traveled to D.C. to see the Washington Capitals play … at least not yet.
Here is SovSports' Pavel Lysenkov, speaking with Phelps about his hockey fandom:
You live in Baltimore… Why aren't you going to Capitals' games?
PHELPS: "It's funny. The first day we got over here everybody was like 'Why does everybody have Ovechkin on?' And I said 'Guys, we are in Russia, and he is the biggest player in the NHL. Of course you're going to see a ton of Ovechkin stuff.'
"I am actually going to head down to a game this year. I have seen just one hockey game in my life and it was USA vs. Canada, the gold medal game at the Olympics. So, it's a fun sport that I really want to get into more. And being able to see Ovechkin so close, it would be cool to go down to see him play. The guy is just an animal. He is incredible."
Maybe he'll actually see a hockey game before meeting Ovechkin, unlike LeBron James.
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