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.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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