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12-07-2013, 08:54 AM
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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.
So all olympics performed under the governance of the IOC were real hence there were no unreal ones. So your medal statement under the premise of "since pros participated" would be quite correct.
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