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The Sochi bear mascot looked despondent after Russia's hockey loss to Finland (Photo)

Kevin Kaduk
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That picture of a dismayed Vladimir Putin that's on every Facebook wall may be a few days old, but this shot of the sad Sochi mascot bear is the real deal. Snapped at the Bolshoy Ice Arena following Russia's 3-1 loss to Finland, it shows that not even a gig as an international ambassador of sporting goodwill can hide the disappointment of a crushing elimination loss from the national hockey team. 

Here's another angle of sad Sochi bear:

We'll say this: Schadenfreude's a lot tougher to enjoy when it comes via mascot. 

It's much easier, however, to turn into a meme:

The Russian players, as you can guess, were also not in the best spirits:

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Kevin Kaduk is a writer for Yahoo Sports.. Have a tip? Email him at kevinkaduk@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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