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Russia Defeated 8-3 by USA in Quarter Finals of 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships.

In a reversal of their Group game defeat the USA won 8-3 in the Quarter Finals knocking Russia out of the competition.  2012 World Champions Russia had a tournament of mixed fortunes starting in winning form by beating Latvia 6-0, Germany 4-1, and the USA 5-3. Then the wheels came off the Russian wagon when they went down in a shock 1-2 defeat to France on May 9 and then on May 10 they lost again in a 2-3 defeat to Finland. Russia returned to form on May 12 in their penultimate Group H game beating Slovakia 3-1 then beating Austria 8-4 in their final Group game.

Russia will Host 2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia and will be the 21st FIFA World Cup which is an International Association Football tournament held every four years (the Soccer World Cup).

The tournament in Russia will involve 32 national teams, which teams are yet to be decided in forthcoming qualifying rounds but as the host nation Russia are guaranteed a place and don't need to take part in the qualifying rounds.

The host cities within Russia have already been selected and preparations are well advanced. As well as the first World Cup in Eastern Europe some of the games will be played in Asian Russia so this will be the first World Cup to be hosted across two continents. Russia will also be the largest country geographically to host the World Cup.

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Formula 1 Comes To Russia In 2014

Formula 1 Comes To Russia in 2014
The first Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix is scheduled to be held in 2014, a few months after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia. Basically, the entire Olympic site will be transformed into a permanent Formula 1 circuit. Logistically it will be tough to meet the 2014 deadline, but with the billions being spent to make the Olympic Village and arenas the Formula 1 circuit at this site makes great sense moving forward.

World Formula 1 Champion Sebastian Vettel visits Sochi Russia, venue for the 2014 Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel pictured in Sochi, Russia, with deputy governor of the Krasnodar region, Nikolaiy Burturlakin.

Visiting Russia the day after his victory in the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix three times Formula 1 World Champion Vettel said: “It is a great privilege to be the first Formula 1 driver to visit the new Sochi venue. After trying a section of the track in the FX Vettel Edition, I can already see it will be a fun circuit to drive in a Formula 1 car and the rest of the venue is very impressive. I’m really looking forward to coming back here for the Grand Prix next year.”

The first Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held in November 2014 according to Anatoly Pakhomov the Mayor of Sochi. Dismissing any doubts about the circuit being completed on time the Mayor said "The circuit's construction is being closely monitored by the regional government. everything is going to plan, if we had any problems we would have asked for help from other regions"

Russia Prepares For the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, will be held from 7 to 23 February 2014 in Sochi Russia, with some events held in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana. Ninety-eight events in fifteen winter sports will be held and both the Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Games are being organised by the Sochi Organising Committee (SOC).

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Fifteen winter sport disciplines, organized as seven Olympic sports, are included in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The three skating sports disciplines are: figure skating, speed skating, and short track speed skating. The six skiing sport disciplines are: alpine, cross-country skiing, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboarding.The two bobsleigh sports disciplines are : bobsleigh, and skeleton. The other four sports are: biathlon, curling, hockey, and luge. A total of twelve new events will be contested to make it the largest Winter Olympics to date.

Sochi Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (white blue and red ski suit) enjoys a day's skiing in Sochi with former President Dmitry Medvedev (white jacket on Mr. Putin's right)

Russia Win 2012 Ice Hockey World Championships

Russia’s Evgeni Malkin scored three goals to lead his team to a 6-2 win over Finland in the semi-final of the 2012 Ice Hockey World Championships.The 25-year-old forward and regular-season scoring king for Pittsburgh Penguins  scored twice in the first period against reigning world champion Finland and completed a hat trick in the second period.

Evgeny Malkin celebrates after scoring against Finland (Reuters / Petr Josek)
POCCNR Russia Hockey Team Evgeni Malkin celebrates as Russia go through to the Finals

The Ice Hockey World Championships are an annual men's ice hockey tournament organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The first World Championship that was held as an individual event was in 1930 in which twelve nations participated. In 1931, ten teams played a series of qualifying rounds to determine which nations participated in the medal round. Medals were awarded based on the final standings of the teams in the medal round. This basic format was used until 1992 (although small variations were made). In 1951, thirteen nations took part and were split into two groups. The top seven teams (Pool A) played for the World Championship. The other six (Pool B) played for ranking purposes. During a congress in 1990, the IIHF introduced a playoff system. As the IIHF grew, more teams began to participate at the World Championships, so more pools (later renamed divisions) were introduced.

The 2012 Tournament was held in Sweden and Finland. Russia beat Slovakia in the finals, while the Czech Republic beat Finland in the bronze medal game.

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