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12-21-2012, 08:13 AM
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roto
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This thread is interesting but also a bit stupid. Sample size is very small and tournament format is not good, so there's no way to make any proper statistical conclusion.

It's clear that Canada has been best if we look at four last olympics and the WC 2004 (three wins out of five). Finland has been consistently strong and it's hard to argue against it (four times in top three). Sweden, for example, has been a disappointment with four QF losses (even though they have one gold).

I'd like to see tournament where all top-8 countries played against each other and then the final would be played by the two best teams. It'd be good at least for two reasons:
- All games would be important
- A lot of games between top teams
- No blowouts
- Winning several good teams is required to make it into the final

Even though I don't give much value to those olympic tournament results, it still requires something more than just luck to win three of five tournaments (or to finish four times in top three with not-so-talented team).

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