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Greatest Olympics Ever?

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02-18-2014, 02:38 PM
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Greatest Olympics Ever?

I think this is shaping up as the greatest Olympic Hockey tournament ever. While its difficult for the average North American non-hockey fan to truly get into the tournament, as it is not in primetime, I cant help but think this tournament must be amazing in Europe in prime time, and is converting many new fans.

With the Latvian and Slovenian teams making it through to the quarterfinals, are we perhaps seeing a turning point in the popularity of the sport in those countries?

To the Eastern Europeans out there...How is this tournament being viewed in your country?

Could this be the greatest Olympics ever in terms of growing the sport in smaller countries?

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Latvian hockey national team is #1 spectator event in Latvia already, so not much turning there.

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"European prime time" = 8 AM?

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I love seeing upsets at this point in the tournament. Latvia has been close a number of times in the past but have never had that breakout performance. I think this year was a definite step forward for that hockey program.

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Naa the 1904 Summer Olympics were the GOAT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1904_Summer_Olympics



Seriously, I've enjoyed it. I think I enjoyed the 2010 tournament a bit more up to this point, though. We'll see!

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Latvian hockey national team is #1 spectator event in Latvia already, so not much turning there.
Wow...I didnt realize that. Congrats btw!!! How is the party?

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I think we can only say that after the tournament. Who knows already who wins, what spectacular games are waiting. Some underdogs always make it into quarterfinals.

Don't forget that Slovenia had to play Austria in the qual... that's not exactly a power house. Both teams have players from the very same league.

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The big ice makes for some terrible hockey. The Tournament in 2010 was much faster paced with many more scoring chances and quick play/hits.

This tournament is nowhere near the best vs best tournament I've ever seen as far as hockey level goes. Too many of the games are just boring and slowed down by far less talented teams. The big ice allows teams to really push the offense away from the nets and causes less exciting moments. You don't need goals to make a game exciting, just chances to score.

Hopefully the games get better as we move along, but so far, I'd so no, not a chance. There have been many tournaments I've seen that were far better with much more excitement.

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So far, most boring of the three I payed attention to.

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Naa the 1904 Summer Olympics were the GOAT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1904_Summer_Olympics
This.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-ways-1...ent-ever-held/



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In 1904, the first transatlantic flight was still 15 years away, and that **** was so dangerous, we basically invented the Bermuda Triangle to explain the death toll. So, holding the Olympics anywhere outside of Western Europe would have made travel long, difficult, and incredibly expensive for any countries hoping to participate.

Of course, placing them in the dead center of the relatively massive U.S. exaggerated this issue to the point that not even Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics, was willing to attend the games. Coubertin later said he "had a sort of presentiment that the Olympiad would match the mediocrity of the town," and then he urinated on a Cardinals baseball cap in case the general public had failed to understand what he was getting at.
All told, 526 of the 651 athletes competed under the American flag (including plenty of foreign-born sportsmen poached to boost the host's count), and 49 of the 94 events exclusively featured American athletes. The U.S. went on to win 239 medals, including 68 of the 74 track and field trophies and an honorary award for imperialism.

The next closest nation in the medal count was Germany, with 13 total. Despite Canada's relative ease of travel and having nearly three times the athletes of any country aside from the States, the Canadians faithfully squandered their advantage by winning six medals, or as many medals as an American gymnast with only one leg.

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I liked 2010 better, but then I'm a Canadian who prefers the small ice size. I think big ice puts too much of the play onto the perimeter and it's a lot harder to get shots from the prime scoring areas.

The underdog stories have been great though. Slovenia, of the 900 hockey players total, winning two games. And Ted Nolan's year just keeps getting better - finally back as an NHL head coach and now takes Latvia to their first best-on-best QF.

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Latvian hockey national team is #1 spectator event in Latvia already, so not much turning there.
Exactly! Hockey's been BIG here for a very long time...

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I've always loved the Latvian fans' passion. Every Olympics and World Championships there's a bunch of them there. Nice to see them get rewarded for once.

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Nagano '98 was miles better

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I think out of the 5 - Salt Lake City was the best. (not just because of the result). it showed what ice size the NHL should use (not international - but a hybrid). and it was fun and entertaining.

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Nagano and Pavel Bure

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Nagano '98 was miles better
+1 Here.

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Nagano and Pavel Bure
I have to agree Nagano is closest to my heart. Hasek, Bure, Selänne, Gretzky and co was special and first nhlers then.

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The games 1994 in Lillehammer were the best ever. There was not that gigantism we see nowdays. Nagano was special too (first time with NHL players)

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It's great. I preferred Nagano though. BUT the quarters haven't started yet, so let's talk about again in a week.

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The hardest part has been waking up at 7:30 to watch my team. Kinda takes away the experience for me. But no complaints really, good hockey.

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Must be Nagano for me too. Bure willing Russia alone to the finals with his 5 goals in semifinals only to meet an unstoppable Hasek. Gretzky and Kurri meeting in the Bronze game and following the chemistry between younger Selänne & Koivu, just golden. Hype for this tournament for me died with all the injuries and denials for the Finnish team.

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meh its boring to me. its not the tournament itself, but canada hasn't been playing exciting hockey. its been a snooze fest tbh. probably cause our scoring seems to have disappeared.

i'm only excited at the prospects of a USA-Canada semi-final.

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I have to agree Nagano is closest to my heart. Hasek, Bure, Selänne, Gretzky and co was special and first nhlers then.
Also Zamuner.

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