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Putin Strikes Pose on Sochi’s Peak Powder

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit the ski slopes Friday – testing out the mountains that will host the Winter Olympic Games in just five weeks.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin skis in the mountain Laura Cross Country and Biathlon Center near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on Friday. ALEXEI NIKOLSKY / AFP - Getty Images

Putin toured various Olympic venues in Sochi, the Black Sea resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics will run from Feb. 7-23. Afterwards, Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hit the slopes together at Krasnaya Polyana, the $2 billion Olympic alpine ski resort about a 35 minute bullet train ride from the Black Sea coast, the site of the skating events.The Russian leaders also took a moment for a little après ski fun. They were pictured enjoying the scenery and drink on a chalet deck.

Image: Russian President Putin and PM Medvedev chat during their visit to the "Laura" cross country ski and biathlon centre in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev chat during their visit to the cross country ski and biathlon center in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Friday. RIA NOVOSTI / Reuters
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