The Sochi Olympics has reportedly cost Russia the tidy some of $50 billion dollars, and today Russian ice hockey star Alex Overchkin joked about the figure today in a press conference.
When asked what winning the Olympic Men's Ice Hockey event would mean to the country of Russia, Overchkin gave a clever repost as he explained, "it would mean that gold only cost $50-billion."
The figures that have been mentioned have caused quite a stare, subsequently it has drawn a natural response from US President Barack Obama, who says the US would not need to spend so much on an Olympic Games.
Russia’s hockey tournament starts Thursday against Slovenia in the preliminaries, before they take on the US on Saturday and Slovakia on Sunday.
Ovechkin trained on the same line as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Caroline Hurricanes wing Alexander Semin on Monday.
We'll have to wait and see whether or not the Russians do indeed get a return on their investment. One thing is for sure, Overchkin will play a key role in any potential victory.