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05-09-2012, 12:38 PM
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Rabid Ranger
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What is everyone basing these rankings on-performance at the World Championships? If so, the U.S. might as well be at the bottom. In true "best on best" competition (such as the Olympics) I think we fare quite a bit better (at least in North America hosted games!). Here's how I'd rank the countries:

1) Canada
2) Sweden
3) Russia
4) U.S.
5) Finland
6) Czech Republic
7) Slovakia
8) Switzerland

Personally, I don't see a huge gap between 1-5. I think the Czechs are reasonably ahead of the Slovaks, and the Slovaks hold an edge over the Swiss. That could change though, with the Swiss on the rise and the Czech and Slovak federations on the skids.

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