Canada's biggest rival? USA or Russia
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12-13-2012, 09:30 AM
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I think in 1980 (and '72 for that matter) we were all a bit brainwashed. Now that we've moved on from wondering if the Russians really love their children it's more about sports. I'll say just from TV it looks like in the building the US is much less popular than the Russians. The Canadians were cheering Denmark and the Czechs vociferously last year, but in Russia's games they were relatively indifferent.
Really, I think in the gold medal game the crowd was a clearly a pro-Sweden crowd. At least that's what I remember. I'm curious to see what would happen in Russia if it were a Canada-USA gold medal game. You do know the derogatory word Russians use when referring to Americans? In fact one of my close Russian friends (female) relatively new to the sport was upset that Canadians were cheering against Russia and for Sweden.
But other than that, I'm not even convinced that a gold medal game in Russia that doesn't involve Russia draws more than 2 thousand people.
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