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11-15-2009, 09:13 PM
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Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Dfire View Post
well if you go by amount of NHL players the US national team would be on Russias and Swedens level or above.
The US will have about the same chance of making it to the final as Canada, Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech`s. Remember to take as large a sample area as possible. In the post Soviet era the US won the `96 WCup and finished 2nd in the `02 OG. Say what you will about the WCup, but beating the Canadians (who are deeply passionate about the WCup) 3 out of 4 times on home ice is a HUGE accomplishment.

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my personal believe is that every country that wants to participate should be allowed to compete. They don't have to be able to compete but they should be allowed to prove it as part of the olympic tournament. - that doesn't exclude qualification.
I agree that every team should have a chance to make the OG through the qualification process.

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It would get really unfair though if you started excluding countries based on their projected (not actual) strenght. For you projected strenght equals actual strength. You seem to forget that the actual strenght is determined on the ice.

If you exluded Switzerland you'd have to do the same for Belarus, Germany, Norway, Latvia and Slovakia. Would you really want to see 6 countries competing for 3 medals?
If you read earlier in the thread you would see that I proposed 8 teams, not 6. No matter where you draw the line you are excluding someone, whether you allow 8 or 16 teams.

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I'm curious about your ideas how the format should be changed. Bear in mind that there is something that is called the olympic spirit.
My suggestions for the format are listed earlier in the thread and thanks for the reminder about the olympic spirit.
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