By Brendan Maloy
February 15, 2014

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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many Russians were fans of players on Team USA according to the  New York Times.

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