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Vladmir Putin: The Russian team was "a class higher"

Russian President Valdimir Putin was in the crowd for Russia's loss to Team USA in men's hockey on Saturday. (AFP/Getty Images) Russian President Valdimir Putin was in the crowd for Russia's loss to Team USA in men's hockey on Saturday. (AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin was in attendance for the United States' thrilling shootout win over the Russian hockey team on Saturday.

However, the Russian president still believes the home team was superior, according to Jim Heintz of the Associated Press.

After the game, Putin said he was proud of the effort put forth by Russia, and he felt they had a stronger team than the victorious U.S.

"I think our team played very worthily. It seemed to me they were a class higher -- a little bit higher."

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Putin has been talking quite a bit about hockey, mentioning that many Russians were fans of players on Team USA during a visit with American athletes last week, and wishing members of the Canadian delegation luck in the games before adding, "maybe not at all of the hockey matches," according to the New York Times.
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