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.
For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.
— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday