SOCHI, February 15. /ITAR-TASS/. US hockey team has won in match against Russian squad after bullit shootout. The main time of the match ended 2:2 and the overtime did not change the situation.
American TJ O’Shea delivered the fourth bullit puck and brought victory to his national hockey squad.
USA – Russia - 3:2 B (0:0, 1:1, 1:1, 0:0, 1:0).
0-1. Datsyuk (Markov, Radulov), 29:15.
1-1. Fowler (van Riemsdyk, Kessel), 36:34 (majority).
2-1. Pavelski (Kane, Shattenkirk), 49,27 (majority).
2-2. Datsyuk (Markov, Ovechkin), 52:44 (majority).
3-2. O’Shea – last bullit.
The U.S. has five points in Group A, Russia four, Slovenia three, and Slovakia none. In the third round on Sunday, February 16, Russia will face Slovakia.
President Vladimir Putin watched the game at Sochi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome.
On Friday, while visiting Team USA House, Putin said he might attend the Saturday game. “Naturally, we are going to support our athletes. However, we know how many of them play for the NHL. Let me assure you that we have many fans who love and know American ice-hockey players. Anyway, all of us are going to enjoy the game,” Putin said. Asked whether he could be seen at the stadium on Saturday, the president replied, “Perhaps, I will come.”
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Russian ice hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov and presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov also attended the event.
Historically, the Americans have been a difficult opponent for Russian ice-hockey players at Olympic Games. In Soviet days, the Americans won gold twice. This time, Russia and the U.S. faced each other in a preliminary round, and although no one can predict the outcome, Putin made it clear he hoped to see Russia play against Canada in the final.
He thanked all fans, Russian and foreign, for the atmosphere they have created at the Sochi Olympics.
“To all the fans from around the world, both Russian and representatives of foreign countries, who make one big family of sport lovers here, I would like to say ‘thank you’, in your presence,” Putin said at a meeting with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
He thanked the fans for creating a unique atmosphere of friendship at the Games and said he had heard only positive comments about volunteers.
Earlier in the day, before the ice hockey match, Putin took a stroll with Bach along one of Sochi’s embankments, and then 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.
Bach admired the Sochi Olympics and commended their excellent organization.
“You have probably heard everyone you met say this — the Games are organized excellently,” he said.
Bach said the athletes liked the fact that sport facilities were close to the Olympic Village and said everything was organized so well that there was no need to hold daily coordinating meetings.
“There are no problems and there is nothing to discuss,” he added.
The IOC president noted a record number of TV viewers watching the Games in more than 200 countries on five continents, and lauded volunteers for their efforts, which he said was one of the advantages of the Sochi Olympics.
Bach expressed confidence that the next Olympic week would be just as successful as the two previous ones.
The Olympic Winter Games program includes seven sports and 15 disciplines: biathlon, bobsleigh (skeleton and bobsleigh proper), curling, skating (speed skating, figure skating and short track), skiing (downhill skiing, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding, and freestyle), luge, and ice hockey.
The sport program consists of 98 competitions, 12 more than at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and 14 more than in Turin in 2006. Twenty-nine competitions will be held in the costal cluster and 69 in the mountain cluster.
Gold Paralympic medals weigh 686 g, silver medals 680 g and bronze medals 585 g.
Athletes who win gold medals will also be awarded an additional medal with a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. These medals will be awarded at the Russian House on February 15 - the date when the meteorite fell in Chelyabinsk last year.
Fifty-three thousand people will work at the Olympic Games and 28,000 at the Paralympic Games, including 25,000 volunteers. Thirty-seven thousand police officers, 10,000 Interior Troops and 23,000 specialists from the Emergencies Ministry will ensure security and order during the Games. All data from 5,500 video cameras will go to one situation centre. More than 57.8 million rubles were invested in security.
Over one million people will watch the Games in Sochi and three billion by television. About 14,000 journalists will cover the Olympics, and 90 television and radio companies will broadcast from Sochi to 123 countries.
The Sochi Games will be the most compact ones in history. The Olympic Park in the Imeretinskaya Valley (coastal cluster) is so compact that it will take only 20 minutes to cross it, and it’s only a five minute walk from the Olympic Village to any place where competitions will be held.
The cable road from the Alpika Service railway station to the Laura biathlon centre is 5,383 metres long. This is the world’s longest closed-loop cable road that can transport 4,500 people per hour in one direction. It will take 11 minutes and 25 seconds to get from the railway station to the stadium.
1.2 million tickets had been sold as of January 23, 2014. The least expensive ticket costs 500 rubles, the most expensive one 50,000 rubles.
Since 2009, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee signed agreements with 10 world Olympic partners and 19 companies, eight of which were given the status of national partners, three partners and eight suppliers.
National partners include Aeroflot, Russian Railways, Rosneft, Rostelecom, Sberbank, MegaFon, Bosco, Volkswagen, and Group Rus.
Over 86 million commemorative and investment gold, silver and precious alloy coins of 47 kinds and a 100-rouble banknote were made for the Games.