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Putin hopes for Russia’s victory over US at Sochi Olympics

February 15, 2014, 18:04 UTC+3 SOCHI
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is watching the game together with Russian ice hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov
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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.

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Details on Ice Hockey, a sport included in the Winter Olympic programme. ITAR-TASS Infographics
Earlier in the day, Putin met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge and IOC member Jean-Claude Killy on Sochi’s embankment.

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.

He is watching the game together with Russian ice hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov. Presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov is also attending the event.

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.

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