Putin Surprises Team USA With a Visit

The visit was cordial, the USOC says

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Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird, Russian President Vladimir Putin visit USA House in the Olympic Village on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin stopped by the U.S. Olympic Committee’s headquarters on Friday.

Many assumed Putin would hold a grudge against the U.S. team after Obama included several openly gay retired athletes as ambassadors for America’s delegation to the Sochi games and decided not to attend himself. (This is the first time in over a decade that neither the President, Vice President or First Lady has been on the U.S. Olympic delegation.) But USOC CEO Scott Blackman told USA Today that Putin didn’t talk politics during his visit. Instead, he wanted to make sure that the athletes were happy with the venues at the Sochi Games.

Putin drank wine and laughed during the visit, and the USOC offered him one of the silver Team USA jackets athletes wear on the podium as well as a Valentine’s Day pin.

Canada also got a surprise visit from Putin Friday, according to CTV News. The President of Russia wished Team Canada luck in all sports — except hockey.

[USA Today]

4 comments
AIDor
AIDor

Vladimir Putin is our National Hero! We idolize him! This is the greatest person of this planet! And he completely supports us in our fight against the USA.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Putin - " I'm a good guy , really " .

yvonwest007
yvonwest007

Now, a week after an orgy of bad press, Sochi doesn't make Russia look so bad after all. In fact it makes the progressive western media look bad, biased, mean-spirited and totally in the dark about Russia.

I guess the gay lobby didn’t like to be reminded that they were degenerate sodomites by the Russians. For all his flaws, Putin deserves a gold medal for standing up for traditional marriage

SochiSucks
SochiSucks

They should have handed him tools to fix all the broken door knobs, twin toilets, etc. What a thug. Sochi Sucks dot com.