9 Photos of Sad Russian Hockey Fans in Sochi

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Sad fan. Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/2014 AFP

The Russian men's hockey team was under tremendous pressure to win Olympic gold on home ice in Sochi, but they were shaky in the preliminary round and earlier today were eliminated by Finland in the quarterfinals. The photo of a sad Vladimir Putin floating around the internet this morning wasn't actually taken today. But these pictures, of distraught Russians fans either at the game or following along in Olympic Park, were.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19:  A Russian fan watches the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff against Finland on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: A Russian fan watches the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff against Finland on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images) Photo: Martin Rose/2014 Getty Images
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19:  A fan reacts after Finland defeated Russia 3-1 during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: A fan reacts after Finland defeated Russia 3-1 during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Photo: Bruce Bennett/2014 Getty Images
A fan wearing a Russian flag in Olympic Park reacts during Russia's 3-1 loss to Finland in men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
A fan wearing a Russian flag in Olympic Park reacts during Russia's 3-1 loss to Finland in men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Photo: Brian Cassella/2014 MCT
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19:  A Russian fan attends the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff between Finland and Russia on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: A Russian fan attends the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff between Finland and Russia on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images) Photo: Martin Rose/2014 Getty Images
A fan holding a Russian flag in Olympic Park reacts during Russia's 3-1 loss to Finland in men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
A fan holding a Russian flag in Olympic Park reacts during Russia's 3-1 loss to Finland in men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Photo: Brian Cassella/2014 MCT
19 Feb 2014, Sochi, Russia --- A fan covers her face while watching the men's ice hockey game between Russia and Finland on a large screen in Olympic Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) --- Image by ? Morry Gash/AP/Corbis
19 Feb 2014, Sochi, Russia --- A fan covers her face while watching the men's ice hockey game between Russia and Finland on a large screen in Olympic Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) --- Image by ? Morry Gash/AP/Corbis Photo: Morry Gash/? Corbis. All Rights Reserved.
A Russian hockey fan reacts at the end a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game between Finland and Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Finland won 3-1.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A Russian hockey fan reacts at the end a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game between Finland and Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Finland won 3-1.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Photo: Julio Cortez/? Corbis. All Rights Reserved.
A Russian hockey fan lingers in the seats after Russia lost 3-1 to Finland in a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
A Russian hockey fan lingers in the seats after Russia lost 3-1 to Finland in a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Photo: Mark Humphrey/? Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

And just because, here's a bonus photo of the Sochi Olympics' bear mascot: