Chief Executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee Scott Blackmun said, “We talked about mostly our impression of the games. He was very interested in knowing what we thought of the level of infrastructure. He was genuinely interested on whether we were having a quality experience at the games.”
Putin's arrival along with his beefy security detail created an air of excitement among the athletes as word of President Putin’s visits quickly spread on social media Twitter and “selfie” photos emerged. U.S. luger Preston Griffal tweeted, “Just hanging out at the USA house in #Sochi with Putin? No big deal! #sochiselfie.” The photo shows Putin talking with attendees on a couch behind Griffall’s shoulder.
Putin’s security arrived ahead of time to approve the preparations and sampled the drinks that would be served. During the visit to USA house, Putin drank wine and ate brownies with everyone at the reception according to Business Insider reporter Tony Manfred. There was no evidence of old tensions between Putin and the West, and he told a reporter he had a fantastic visit.
President Putin has been very visible during the Sochi Olympics and reporters caught up to as he was leaving the Canada house. “Very good, [g]ood people and good results…good party,” Putin said in English.