Russian ambassador wishes Team Canada 'failure' at Olympics

Canada's Sidney Crosby celebrates scoring the gold medal winning goal during the gold medal men's...

Canada's Sidney Crosby celebrates scoring the gold medal winning goal during the gold medal men's Olympic hockey game between team Canada and team USA at GM Place Feb. 28, 2010. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Jessica Murphy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:20 PM ET

OTTAWA - The gauntlet has been dropped.

Russian ambassador Georgiy Mamedov warned Team Canada this week not to expect a repeat of Russia's crushing quarter-final defeat by the men's hockey team in Vancouver's 2010 games.

And he promised Russia will give Canada a run for its money during the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

The Canadian team wiped the ice with the Russians with a decisive 7-3 victory four years ago. Russia never made it to the podium. Canada won Olympic gold.

Mamedov admits he's still smarting from the defeat.

“I'm quite confident we'll get a gold in hockey, and I only hope that you'll make it to the finals,” he quipped Friday.

The ambassador did praise Canadian athletes for their strong showing in Vancouver - they came third in overall medal count and top for gold - and said he expects they'll make their country proud in Russia next year.

“The only sport I will vehemently wish you failure is hockey,” he said.


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