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Russia: We will not underestimate the U.S. this time - Tretyak01:00

Russia: We will not underestimate the U.S. this time - Tretyak

Russian Federation, Sochi
February 11, 2014 at 14:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: We will not underestimate the U.S. this time - Tretyak

The Russian Olympic hockey team gave a press conference on Tuesday ahead of their Group A opener with Slovenia on February 13.

All 22 players attended the press conference, including Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. Olympics legend and three-time champion Vladislav Tretyak, who now heads the Russian Hockey Federation, was also in attendance.

Joining Russia and Slovenia in Group A are Slovakia and the United States. Tretyak reflected on the famous loss inflicted on his country by the Americans in 1980, saying the Americans taught the Soviet Union national team an important lesson. Known in the U.S. as the "Miracle on Ice" because of the Soviet Union's decade's long dominance in the sport, Tretyak emphasised the importance of never underestimating your opponents.

Team Russia have qualified for the past five Olympics and won silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002. In the 2010 Olympics, they finished in 6th place. Following their game against Slovenia, the team will face-off against the USA on February 15 before playing Slovakia a day later on February 16.

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Russia: We will not underestimate the U.S. this time - Tretyak

The Russian Olympic hockey team gave a press conference on Tuesday ahead of their Group A opener with Slovenia on February 13.

All 22 players attended the press conference, including Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. Olympics legend and three-time champion Vladislav Tretyak, who now heads the Russian Hockey Federation, was also in attendance.

Joining Russia and Slovenia in Group A are Slovakia and the United States. Tretyak reflected on the famous loss inflicted on his country by the Americans in 1980, saying the Americans taught the Soviet Union national team an important lesson. Known in the U.S. as the "Miracle on Ice" because of the Soviet Union's decade's long dominance in the sport, Tretyak emphasised the importance of never underestimating your opponents.

Team Russia have qualified for the past five Olympics and won silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002. In the 2010 Olympics, they finished in 6th place. Following their game against Slovenia, the team will face-off against the USA on February 15 before playing Slovakia a day later on February 16.