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Vladimir Putin tests Sochi ski slopes (video, photos)

Jan 3, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

Russian president Vladimir Putin hit the ski slopes one month before the world’s best skiers will compete at the same mountains during the Sochi Olympics.

Putin took a few runs at a complex in Krasnaya Polyana that will host biathlon and cross-country skiing, according to RIA Novosti. He was joined by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, and the two later enjoyed tea together.

Putin, 61, was in the Black Sea resort to inspect all of the Olympic facilities in the mountain and coastal clusters and review preparations for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, according to the report.

He will pay particular attention to areas not yet complete, a list that includes Fisht Stadium, the site of the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7.

Also Friday, the Olympic torch relay soared in a hot air balloon.

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  1. csilojohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Such a D Bag.

  2. bballnut50 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    csilojohnson-you are the D bag!! Go Russia!!

  3. El Pollo Loco - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    he wanted to make sure the slopes were homosexual free.

  4. andrewploessl - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Where is he actually skiing? I see the pic on the bunny hill, but it doesn’t even look like he’s moving…

    And why does he even have his shirt on???? Shouldn’t he be posing and flexing his muscles like his standard PR photos?

  5. lynnbrown0906 - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Why isn’t his shirt off?

  6. csilojohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Nothing against Russia.
    Just think its dictator is a tool.
    Go USA!!

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