SOCHI - For competitive people, the Olympics are the ultimate test.
What happens when those competitors are usually on the same team?
That's the question for two Avalanche stars.
Paul Stastny is on Team USA, while goalie Semyon Varlamov will play for Russia.
Those teams are bitter international hockey rivals with a long history.
Both men have a very specific idea of what is going to happen on the ice in Sochi.
"When we are going to play against USA, he's not going to score," Varlamov laughed.
Stastny is more reserved with the answer, but his confidence is palpable.
"I don't care who wins the first time," Stastny said. "I think if we play each other twice, it's more important who wins the second game. All the pressure is on Russia. We have nothing to lose. They're on home soil. They're going to be really nervous."
"He's a liar," Varlamov laughed, "He's a liar for saying that."
Both are laughing and joking, an interaction you have to watch.
But don't be mistaken, behind the candor are two men who are going to fight for their respective teams.
The first U.S.-Russia hockey match is Saturday.
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