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Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev enjoys men’s downhill, ski jumping

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In addition to Russian president Vladimir Putin taking in the final day of team figure skating, the country’s prime minister also dropped in on an Olympic competition today – two of them, in fact.

Dmitry Medvedev visited Rosa Khutor today to catch the men’s downhill final, which was won by Austria’s Matthias Mayer.

While there, he donned a ski jumper’s helmet and also visited with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

source: AP
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He also appeared at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center to see the men’s ski jumping normal hill final, won by Poland’s Kamil Stoch in dramatic fashion.

Judging from this photo below, he decided to capture some of the competition for posterity.

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Bode Miller’s tough downhill prompts Twitter condolences

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Bode Miller tore through the downhill training runs on Rosa Khutor, posting the fastest times on Thursday and Saturday, prompting hope that the 36-year-old skier would claim the sixth Olympic medal of his career — and possibly his second-ever gold.

VIDEO: Bode Miller’s wife can’t watch

But he adjusted his approach from his training runs, struggled during the middle section of the course and finished eighth.

And if you didn’t think anyone was awake, watching an online stream at 3 am ET, well, you’d be wrong.

Some tweeted upbeat messages.

And this tweet probably helped a bit.

Miller still has more chances for gold, most likely in Friday’s super combined.

Bode Miller struggles in downhill, will not medal

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After generating high expectations with strong training sessions, Bode Miller struggled on Sunday, falling short of medal contention with a run of 2:06.75.

The 36-year-old was seeking sixth career Olympic medal, with the downhill being one of his best opportunities. He enjoyed the fastest run in the first and third training sessions, but struggled in the middle section of the course.

(Matthias Mayer of Austria would win the event.)

VIDEO: Bode Miller’s wife can’t watch

Miller told the New York Times that he struggled with visibility.

On the bright side, Miller will have three more opportunities to get that sixth medal (he’s likely to skip the slalom), starting with the super combined on Friday.