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SOCHI, February 15. /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin said he was hopeful that the Russian ice hockey team will win Saturday’s Group A preliminary round game with the United States at the Sochi Olympics.
“I hope (so),” Putin said to foreign journalists who had asked him if he was hoping for Russia’s victory.
After taking a stroll with Bach, the Russian president joined Rogge, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and Krasnodar Territory Governor Alexander Tkachev in a small seaside cafe. He talked with each and all of them for a while, including in German, to discuss, among other things, the unusually warm weather in Sochi, and noted that forecasts promised colder weather in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has come to Sochi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome to support the Russian ice hockey team in the game with the Americans.
The American team is a historically difficult opponent for Russian ice-hockey players in the Olympic Games. Twice, in Soviet time, Americans won gold. Now Russia and the U.S. met in a preliminary round game.
Bolshoy Ice Dome can seat 12,000 people. On Thursday, February 13, Russia beat Slovenia 5-2 there, and the U.S. trounced Slovakia 7-1.