17 photos of the world’s most interesting man, Vladimir Putin [SLIDESHOW]

Vladimir Putin served 15 years in Russia’s foreign intelligence before becoming the Russian President from 1999 to 2008, and then the Prime Minister from 2008-2012. In 2012 he took back his role as president and has been serving his nation since then.

But even with these intensive jobs, he has made sure to take some personal time to enjoy his life and show his great athleticism.

With these displays of strength and agility he no doubt hopes to have inspired his athletes to rack up the gold medal count at the Sochi Olympics.

Here are 17 pictures of Vlad loving his life.

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  • Putin appreciates a good hat (Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/Getty Images)
  • Putin loves his pups- Buffy and Yume (Photo: Alexsey Druginyn/Getty Images)
  • Putin loves technology (Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/Getty Images)
  • Putin loves polar bears (Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/Getty Images)
  • Putin loves exploring the sea. Here he's pictured in a submersible in the Baltic Sea (Photo: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
  • Putin enjoys the winter season with his snowmobile (Photo: Reuters)
  • Putin expresses his love for the arts by singing and playing the piano at a charity concert in Saint Petersburg in 2010 (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Putin appreciates a good hockey game (Photo: Alexei Nikolski/Getty Images)
  • Putin loves putting the pedal to the metal (Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/Getty Images)
  • Putin loves tigers (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Putin loves a casual hang gliding adventure (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Putin feeding a beluga whale (Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/Getty Images)
  • Putin taking down his opponent with some judo (Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/Getty Images)
  • Putin feels confident riding a horse (Photo: Alexsey Druginin/Getty Images)
  • Putin enjoying a ride on his Harley Davidson (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Putin loves fishing.  (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Putin loves snuggling with his doggy. (Photo: Oleg Popov/Getty Images)