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02-25-2013, 10:24 PM
Kyle McMahon
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Originally Posted by cynicism View Post
Had Canada done well in '06 the pressure on the team in '10 would've been lessened. There was extra pressure not just to win on home ice, but to erase the memories of 2006. Same for the 2002 team. I remember the panic when they lost to the Swedes and tied the Germans. It was the end of the world!!!
I'm not so sure about that. Basically a once in a lifetime chance to win the Olympics in your home country. Doesn't get much more pressure-packed than that.

Agree with your top 3, Phil. 2002 probably would have been bigger than 2010 had the Olympics been anywhere besides Canada. Ending a 50 year gold medal drought coming off the embarrassment of Nagano, plus knowing the Americans were the home team and had history on their side. The fact that the Americans were the opponent in the final just added to the pressure, especially since they beat us at the last World Cup. In fact, there might be an argument to be made that there was even more pressure in 2002 than 2010 in spite of the latter being on home soil.

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