SOCHI SCENE: Stanley in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Lord Stanley is receiving a warm welcome in Sochi.

The Stanley Cup made an appearance at the Olympics on Monday, making several stops around Olympic Park, including the USA House and Canada House. "It's yours — for an hour," Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut told the packed house.

Dozens of people lined up to pose for pictures with it. Some put their arms around Cup, which is awarded to the NHL's champion each year and is one of the most revered trophies in all of professional sports, as if it was a friend.

Some stood off to the side, perhaps in awe, as their picture was taken next to it. Jade Agosta, whose sister, Meghan, is a star for the Canadian Olympic hockey team, was one of the many people who kissed the Cup.

"That was pretty cool," she said. — Larry Lage — Twitter

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