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Gold Medal-Winning Hockey Player Goes Missing

Hockey coach and former Olympic team player Mikhail Shtalenkov has gone missing after arriving to Moscow on a flight from Magnitogorsk on Sunday, police said, Interfax reported.

Shtalenkov, who won a gold medal in hockey at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, as part of the Unified Team — which consisted of six former Soviet republics, including Russia — is a coach for the Magnitogorsk Metallurg hockey club, part of Russia's Continental Hockey League. He also won a silver medal as part of the Russian team in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

After Shtalenkov did not come home from Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Sunday, his wife called the police to report him missing, an unnamed police source told Interfax. Search efforts are underway to find him, police said.

All the Metallurg players and coaches are currently on holiday, a club spokesperson told the news agency.

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