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12-07-2013, 07:49 AM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bialystok, Poland
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Real olympics means amateur athletes. Look it up.
After the 1988 Games, the IOC voted to declare all professionals eligible for the Olympics
, subject to the approval of the international federations in charge of each sport. All but three federations eventually went along with the lifting of restrictions promoted by the IOC. Soccer and baseball continued to forbid professionals, while soccer has agreed to allow three professionals on their roster in addition to the professionals under the age of 23, against whom there is no prohibition.
NHL participation is what I meant with "real" - as in all the best athletes (ie including the NHL) getting to compete.
In reality - the 1994 Olympics at Lillehammar were "real" in the sense that professionals were for the first time allowed to play. Gold Medalists Sweden fielded a team full of ex-NHLers at this tourney - so I think it is not really fair to the Canadians or Americans who did not send any NHL pros and do not include it as "real".
To be precise, he "real" Olympics (pre TV, sponsors and logotypes) would be those that were held in ancient Greece - where hockey certainly was not on the agenda.
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