The coincidence of a leotard-clad Putin leaping to victory on both news magazine covers has to be a first.
Both covers mock the Russian leader’s knack for ensuring his own success. The New Yorker cover features a line-up of Putin-look-alike judges as he leaps to gold. And the Economist shows a competitor with a “Russia” tutu splayed on the cracked ice as Putin strikes a graceful pose.
With the Sochi Winter Olympics starting next Friday, Feb. 7 amid widespread security concerns, time will tell how Putin’s reputation emerges from the games.