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02/16/2012 10:16 am ET Updated Feb 16, 2012

Vladimir Putin Bobsledding: Russian Prime Minister Takes A Ride

Add bobsledding to Vladimir Putin's repertoire of unlikely macho pastimes. On Thursday, Putin reportedly visited the Paramonovo track, about 40 miles outside of Moscow, to watch the Russian team prepare.

Disregarding warnings that he might lack sufficient training to bobsled, Putin opted to take a ride himself, according to Russia's news agency RIA Novosti.

In the video above, watch Putin glide down the track with the assistance of bobsledder pilot Alexei Shadeyev. The first attempt was a flop, as the sleigh failed to reach the end of the track, but the second try proved successful.

Putin has taken up a host of new activities, including diving for sunken -- albeit staged -- ancient artifacts, practicing ice hockey, and fighting children.

Although the Russian Prime Minister been known to get in character during his exploits, he drew the line at the skin-tight suits worn by bobsledding athletes. He opted for a fur-hooded parka, instead.

Just another day in the life.

Above, watch Putin glide down the track. Below, see more of Putin's most commanding characters.

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