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01-28-2013, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I think it's true that for a variety of reasons, probably largely political, Czechoslovakia declined from the 70s to the 80s. I think that after the 1968 invasion, every great Czech or Slovak athlete wanted to join the national team to beat the Soviets, but by the early 80s, it had died down a little bit. This is just me wildly speculating, but it is true that the Czechoslovakian team saw much less success starting in the early 80s, and it couldn't all have been because the Stastnys defected.
As a fellow out of touch American, I like it. Definitely makes sense that would provide some extra motivation. Should common knowledge what it meant to Jagr at this point (see #68). They were playing back in the 20s and the Soviets essentially copied them when building their program, so the Czechoslovak hockey foundation was already there.

I know people point to lack of funding for the decline of some programs too, but I always thought that was a post-CSSR thing for some reason.

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