Vladimir Putin: Rugged Sportsman Enjoys Games

From playing hockey to cuddling with a snow leopard cub, Vladimir Putin has been making quite the impression as he leads Russia at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin took a visit to the USA House and had wine with NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel and U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst visit on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Click through to see more of Putin's sporting moments.
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In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, background left, toasts with beer with people as King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, foreground left, and Queen Maxima, foreground center, look at, at the Netherlands house in Sochi, during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre back, poses for a photograph with the Russian team after they placed first in the team figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the Women's Figure Skating Team Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014.
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Before the games started, Russian President Vladimir Putin promoted the Sochi Olympic Winter games, but he's become known as a sportsman in his own right. He and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko played a friendly hockey match between the Stars of the NHL 1 and the Stars of the NHL 2 teams at The Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia, ahead of the Olympic games.
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Putin projected a new, more friendly image when he pet a snow leopard cub at the snow leopard sanctuary in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Putin checked in Tuesday at a preserve for endangered snow leopards and visited a group of cubs born last summer in the mountains above the growing activity in Sochi for the Winter Games.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"We've decided to restore the population of the snow leopard because of the Olympic Games," Putin said during a recent visit to a snow leopard reserve in Sochi, Russia. Putin entered the cage and petted the leopard on the head. "We liked each other," he said.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground center, takes part in a friendly hockey match between the Stars of the NHL 1 and the Stars of the NHL 2 teams at The Bolshoy Ice Dome, the part of the complex of facilities operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin tries on a jacket during a visit the training center for volunteers Winter Olympics at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin has rescinded a blanket ban on demonstrations in Sochi in and around the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin skies at the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin signs his name during a visit to the training center for volunteers for the Winter Olympics at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, center, and President Vladimir Putin, left, look around whilst sitting on a ski lift at the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
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Before he was prepping Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, he was known as quite the outdoorsman. In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, Putin adjusts his hat as he sits in a tree while traveling in the the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), Russia, during a vacation.
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Putin has become alternately notorious and beloved for an array of adventurous stunts, including posing with a tiger cub and riding a horse bare-chested.
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In this undated picture distributed by RIA Novosti on Oct. 14, 2008, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is seen during a short vacation in Russian Siberian Tuva region.
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In this Sept. 2010 photo released on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin carries a hunting rifle during his trip in Ubsunur Hollow in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), on the border with Mongolia, Russia.
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In this photo taken on Saturday, July 20, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), Russia. Vladimir Putin turned 60 on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, and during that time made moves to demonstrate his youthful vigor through personal endeavors.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, and leader of Nochniye Volki (the Night Wolves) biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov, also known as Khirurg (the Surgeon), right, as they ride bikes at a motor bikers' festival in tbe Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011.
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In this photo taken on Saturday, July 20, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with a huntsman holding a big pike Putin caught while fishing during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), Russia. Putin said it's his first pike of such a big size.
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Did you know? Vladimir Putin is a sixth-degree Judo black belt. His signature move is the Harai Goshi sweeping hip throw.
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Vladimir Putin swims while traveling in the mountains of the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), Russia, during his short vacation.
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