Vladimir Putin, Olympics: Startling images of the Russian president’s winter sports triumphs.

Startling Images of Vladimir Putin’s Winter Olympics Triumphs

Startling Images of Vladimir Putin’s Winter Olympics Triumphs

Scenes from the Olympics.
Feb. 10 2014 3:52 PM

Vladimir Putin, Olympic Champion

Startling images of the Russian president’s winter sports triumphs.

Vladimir Putin is a judo superstar. He excels at riding a horse while shirtless. But winter sports are where the Russian president really shines. On Sunday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Instagrammed a photo of himself on a chairlift with Putin.

But that’s just the start of Putin’s athletic exploits on snow and ice.

Here he is on the slopes:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

Playing hockey:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

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On the biathlon range:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

On the skeleton track:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

In the halfpipe:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

On the curling sheet:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

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Competing in the one-man, shirtless bobsled:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

Winning gold in figure skating:

Vladimir Putin's Gold Medal Sweep of the Sochi Olympics

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker