The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 20, 2014

SOCHI SCENE: American moment

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Everyone wants to get their picture taken in front of the Olympic rings in Sochi. The U.S. men's hockey team is no different.

One day before they take on Canada in a highly anticipated semifinal, the Americans walked into Olympic Park for a team photo in front of the rings. After the team picture was taken, they welcomed in some family members who made the trip to Sochi as well.

Most of the players were wearing Navy blue jerseys with their names and numbers on the back, so it wasn't long before fans realized they were in the company of stars.

Several players were approached for photos, including the team's newest star. A woman quickly grabbed T.J. Oshie, who carried Team USA to a victory over Russia with four shootout goals, for a photo.

After a few photos, the team hurried away to resume preparations for its showdown with Canada on Friday.

— By Jon Krawczynski — http://twitter.com/APKrawczynski

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