CHEREPOVETS, February 17. /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin said the Russian ice-hockey team was the best at the Sochi Olympics.
“I think our team is not only one of the best, but it is the best at the tournament,” he told journalists in Cherepovets, northern Vologda Region, on Monday, February 17.
Putin regretted that referees had not noticed the displaced US goal cage in the Russia vs. US game on Saturday, February 15. “It’s a pity the referees did not notice that in time,” he said.
The president said he was excited by the atmosphere of celebration created at the Sochi Olympics.
The journalists asked him if his departure from Sochi meant that he had lost interest in the Olympics. “Of course not,” the head of state said after a meeting of the State Council Presidium in Cherepovets. “My main task was to implement this project. It has become a reality now. My task was to organise a celebration for our people. And I think that we have succeeded on the whole,” he said.
“This atmosphere of celebration grasps and engulfs you, but we have to work,” Putin said, adding that like the majority of Russians he would watch the Olympics on television.
He noted that Russian and foreign fans at the Olympic Games were quite pleased and noted the good work of volunteers in Sochi. “They [volunteers and fans] have created a unique and benevolent atmosphere,” he said.