Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell on his face as he waved to supporters after an exhibition ice hockey game with former National Hockey League players.
The 66-year-old president who is a sport regular, took a face-first spill while waving to the crowd during a post-game victory lap at Sochi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Both the Associated Press and Reuters reported that Putin fired in eight goals during the match, while the official Kremlin release indicates he scored 10 times in a 14-7 victory. His teammate, defense minister Sergei Shoigu, added three goals by all accounts.
Putin fell on the ice on Friday night for the annual exhibition match alongside the Legends team including ex-NHL players, Russian hockey stars such as Hall of Famers Slava Fetisov and Pavel Bure.
The opposing team had some notable players including Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin and Putin’s longtime friend, Gennady Timchenko.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin took a fall as he waved to the crowd during an ice-hockey game in Sochi. He scored eight goals during the exhibition match in what has become a yearly tradition
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Russian President Vladimir Putin took a fall as he waved to the crowd during an ice-hockey game in Sochi. He scored eight goals during the exhibition match in what has become a yearly tradition. https://t.co/x0mN62qQoY pic.twitter.com/l6XCRrwsIB
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Putin, whose approval ratings have slipped in recent years as Russia battles economic woes, periodically plays hockey with government officials, businessmen and former NHL stars in matches that are broadcast with pomp on national television.