— Sochi 2014 (@Sochi2014) February 19, 2014
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:
This Sochi bear, head in his paws, sits alone in Bolshoi Ice Dome more than an hour after Russia's loss to Finland: pic.twitter.com/apFQ4JhgKt
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) February 19, 2014
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:
— Justin Karp (@jskarp) February 19, 2014
The Russian players, as you can guess, were also not in the best spirits:
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