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05-20-2013, 04:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob View Post
Even if Canada were to win gold at Sochi they would not make any big gains in the rankings as an Olympics gold medal is worth the same as a World Championship gold medal according to the IIHF.

I do understand that the rankings serve a purpose for seeding the teams at the Olympics. This is why I think the rankings are more important for the lower ranked teams than for the highly ranked ones.
Yes, the ranking's main purpose being qualification for the Olympics, giving the OG more weight would result in the same teams qualifying over and over again. They work well as a seeding system too, the pools are pretty well balanced and since they are in use, there wasn't any seeding disaster like the 2004 World Championship.

But in the end, there's isn't much difference between being ranked first or sixth.

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