"He had a good overview of how Norway has performed so far in the Olympics, and he said to me in a jokey tone that Norway should go home," Borre Rognlien, the President of the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, told Aftenposten newspaper.
Rognlien met Putin at a dinner on Sunday evening held for the heads of the world's national Olympic committees.
Putin had a brief chat with all of them, but according to Rognlien he lingered longer with him, and the two had a long conversation.
"He lit up when he heard that I came from Norway," Rognlien said. "He was very interested in sports and had been at the cross-country relay the same day. He had an overview of why Norway had lost the medal there. I must say I was impressed with him."
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By Tuesday afternoon, however, Russia had overtaken Norway, with 19 medals to Norway's 18, although Norway had seven golds to Russia's five, putting it just ahead in the rankings. Germany is the surprise leader at present in the Winter Olympics, with eight golds and fifteen medals.