olympic ice hockey

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200 Days until the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea!

Medal Prediction Update #7

Netherlands: The Dutch are the most recent nation to ascent into the top 5. After constantly sitting in places 6th-8th, Holland has displaced Austria and France to set into another top-five Olympic finish. All of there medals are to come from some sort of speed skating, with 4 in short track and 14 in long track. This is a change from Pyeongchang, as they went down in gold and total medals in long track, but increased in short track. 

Spain: This Spanish nation has only ever claimed a Winter Olympic Medal 2 times, all in alpine skiing. After claiming multiple world championship titles, Javier Fernandez of Spain looks to win a figure skating medal at the upcoming games. His world dominance and rivalry with reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu has lead to some of the highest levels of mens skating. Can he bring home number 3 for spain?

Most Decorated Athlete: Laura Dahlmeier, Germany, Biathlon. 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 0 Bronze

Alexander Ovechkin “going to the olympics no matter what” is great, absolutely, and it’s fun to cheer him on as thumbing our noses at the league - just please do remember that his situation is unique in that:

  • Russia literally considers their Olympic/National Ice Hockey team to be a sociopolitical factor of profound importance - it used to be playing for hockey was akin to military service and games were actually considered part of cold war events. It’s not that extreme anymore but still… it’s VERY different culturally than other national teams.
  • He’s likely to be expected by Russia to captain for Russia again and as such could be in potential trouble if he didn’t find a way to go. Not like “we won’t ask you back next time” trouble like other players might but like… actual life problems potential trouble.
  • Putin has his personal fucking phone number and calls him sometimes to talk hockey. How much of a choice do you really think he has about answering those calls?
  • He already had the explicit public blessing of his team’s owner (who probably knows all this and is too smart to put his captain in this terrible position), without which he (and any player) would be in violation of his contract by just leaving and could end up in serious legal and/or financial and/or career trouble. There’s not many guys in the league who could even pretend to try and just “decide” to go.
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This is our time Team USA!!! Go out there and play your game and leave it all on time ice!! Today is your day….

Herb Brooks: Great moments… are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here, tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played ‘em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ‘em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.

Everyone was impatiently looking at the TV. Once again the World Ice Hockey Championship was on and it was time to meet with friends, have some beers and cheer. The whole cast was there - from the man who played Tony Stark - Robert Downey Jr. to Idris Elba who portraited Heimdall in Thor. All of them sat in front of your TV with popcorn and other snack and they were screaming and swearing when their team was close to scoring. 

You came from the kitchen with a big bowl of fresh popcorn. “How’s it going?” you asked, smiling devilishly and opening a new bottle of beer. 

“Not so well,” Evans sighed, scratching his nape. “(Country) is full of surprises. I hope we will win!" 

You sat next to Scarlett, giving her the bowl of popcorn. "Hey, by the way, thank you so much for coming here. I knew you will like the match!” you said happily. You wanted to add something but the guys started to yell and swear when the players from (country) were suddenly in front of American’s goalkeeper. A second later, the USA was losing 1:0. “GOAL!” you screamed like a little girl, smiling and laughing while dancing next to Scarlett. 

Everyone remained silent and gave you an evil glare. “Why are you so happy for (country)? We didn’t score, they did,” Robert sounded mad. “Are you doing it on purpose?”

You brushed your hair and then tapped him on the shoulder. “Hey! I’m cheering for my country! Because I am (nationality). Don’t tell me you didn’t know,” you looked at every single person. They were in shock, barely even breathing. “Oh come on, you really didn’t know?" 

"No?” said Tom silently, putting some popcorn into his mouth. 

“Okay, well now you know,” you giggled. “Now let’s watch. This is going to end very interestingly.”

And it did. Your country won 3:1.

(I’m from Slovakia and I remember that one time we won 3:1. :D  And that gif? That’s your goalkeeper. :D This happened during Winter Olympic games.)