Seven years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala in an effort to win the bid of hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. His proposal of $12 billion dwarfed that of finalists, South Korea and Austria. It was his attempt to show the world a new Russia and that these games were to be the platform of the economic and geopolitical revival of his country.
In February, Sochi, Russia, will be hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The ice hockey competition has once again placed marvelous teams together with a compilation of the best NHL players representing their homeland.
The Detroit Red Wings have ten players going to the games, six of which are playing for Sweden, two for Slovakia, one for Russia and one for the United States.