SOCHI, February 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev congratulated each other on Russia’s beating Slovakia in the men’s ice hockey Group A preliminary round game on Sunday at the Sochi Olympics.
Putin and Medvedev came to watch the game at Sohi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome. Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic also came to support the Slovak team.
Russia beat Slovakia in an overtime shootout 1:0 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0) in Sunday’s Group A preliminary round game. The shootout goal was scored by Alexander Radulov. The Russian and the Slovak president exchanged a couple of words in a break between periods.
On Saturday, President Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov came to Sochi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome to support the Russian ice hockey team, which was playing with the United States. Putin watched the game together with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.
The Russian however lost to the Americans 2:3.
Nonetheless, Putin stressed that the Russian team was playing decently. “Sport is sport. I think our team was playing well. And to my mind, they [the Russia team” is somewhat higher in its class,” he said after the match. “Let us wait and see. Key games are ahead. Let us with them success.”
Earlier on Sunday, Putin watched men’s cross-country 4x10 km relay race. Russian cross-country skiing team - Dmitry Yaparov, Alexander Bessmertnykh, Alexander Legkov, and Maxim Vylegzhanin -- won silver in that race. The gold medal was taken by the Swedish team and bronze went over to France.