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SOCHI SCENE: Meeting Putin


Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a wall while visiting the Coastal Cluster Olympic Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) (The Associated Press)

Sochi may not be completely ready for the Olympics, but apparently the Russian leader himself cleans up quite nicely.

Although Vladimir Putin cultivates his macho image with occasional bare-chested photos, that wasn't the case when he stopped by the athletes' village this week for a flag-raising ceremony. Goaltender Molly Schaus was among a handful of players on the U.S. women's hockey team who met him.

How was he dressed? "World leader attire," she said.

— Jimmy Golen — Twitter


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