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07-28-2013, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Davebo View Post
So - tell us how it will really be, oh great prognosticator...
It will be as it was already stated once: One of the top four teams predicted here is likely to grab the gold (while there are technically 7 or 8 teams with a chance, some have better chances than the others) - but it's actually highly unlikely that all the medalists will consist of them. Not because they wouldn't be good enough for it, but because the system and the way the preliminary groups are set almost guarantee that some will face against each other as early as in the QFs.

So yeah. Study the system, then make your predictions. It's far more likely to see some of the "lesser" top teams such as CZE/FIN/SVK make it to the semis than have all four of CAN/RUS/SWE/USA battle it out. Of course some of them will make it and be heavy favorites for gold, but not ALL of them.

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