Vladimir Putin takes to the ice in Russia team kit
The Russian president, 64, was seen practising his stick skills wearing his national team’s kit at the 7,000-capacity Shayba Arena in Sochi.
He was spotted on the ice shortly after watching the Russian F1 Grand Prix, which also took place in the city, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, at the weekend.
He was spotted on the ice shortly after watching the Russian F1 Grand Prix
It was not the first time the Russian leader has donned his pads and taken to the ice
Mr Putin was accompanied by legendary French skier Jean-Claude Killy, a three-time Olympic gold medallist who was there to give a lecture to children.
It was not the first time the Russian leader has donned his pads and taken to the ice.
Mr Putin was accompanied by legendary French skier Jean-Claude Killy
In October 2015 he celebrated his 63rd birthday by taking part in a game in Moscow featuring players from Russia’s Night Hockey League.
The president scored seven goals as his star-studded team, which included Russian legends Viacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the game 15-10.
Mr Putin first became president of Russia in 2000 and – after stepping down to serve as prime minister in 2008 – returned to the top role in 2012.
He has long relished his action man image
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an ice hockey match
He has long relished his action man image.
As well as being an ice hockey fan, he is a keen judo participant and has been photographed hang-gliding and bob-sledding.
In 2009, he was famously pictured riding a horse while bare-chested.