Markov joins five teammates competing for Russia in their third Olympic Games – Ilya Bryzgalov, Maxim Afinogenov, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov and Ilya Kovalchuk (Sergei Gonchar is playing in his fourth).
He won a gold medal at the 2008 World Championship and was named the Top Defenseman of the 2007 World Championship, leading the Russian defensemen in scoring with eight points (3-5-8) while being paired with Sergei Gonchar.
Markov was childhood friends with fellow 2010 teammate Maxim Afinogenov and they first won an international medal together at the 1998 World Junior Championship – Russia lost to Finland to capture the silver.
I think I'm lucky to be here and you definitely don't take very many things for granted, if you take anything for granted. I definitely put my family and my wife and my close family in perspective, that they're the most important thing in the world. I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances.
— Stars forward Rich Peverley to "The Musers" radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas