Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has captained a minisub in the Gulf of Finland and used a motorized hang-glider to lead captive Siberian cranes to freedom. The stunts weren’t unusual for a man accustomed to public displays of avocational skill. Here are a few of his many talents.
1. He skis Putin skied near the Laura Cross Country and Biathlon Center on Jan. 3 in Sochi, Russia, the city that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo