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Sochi mascot melancholy after Russia men’s hockey KO’d

Feb 19, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT

It’s been a rollercoaster Sochi Olympics for the Polar Bear, which has been the most visible of the Games’ three mascots.

We’ve seen our cuddly friend endure through the torment of trying to fit his head inside of a minivan.

We’ve also seen him happily dancing up a storm at the hockey competition, an exercise so compelling it got our own Keith Jones to dance along with him.

But today, after the Russian men’s hockey team was eliminated from the Sochi playoffs on home ice by Finland, he was understandably distraught.

Indeed, he’s finding the loss a bit hard to bear. Stay strong, buddy.

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