But Semin is fluent in the language of hockey, having watched Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov growing up - "When I was young I could never dream that I could play with [Fedorov] on the same line," he said.
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"Just like the Canada guys in Vancouver 2010, a lot of pressure," said Sergei Fedorov, a two-time Russian Olympian. "Maybe more. Our fans might be a little tougher."
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