Sunday, February 21, 2010

Super Sunday -- Olympic Hockey

I am a fan of the Winter Olympics, though I must admit I will not watch figure skating, in all its varieties. For mean it is painful, right up there with shopping and attending any craft fair. I enjoy nordic and alpine skiing, speed skating, luge/skeleton/bobsled and biathlon. I really like the snowboarding and cross boarding/skiing. But I am passionate about Olympic ice hockey, especially since they allowed NHL players to participate.

From a hockey perspective, today was Super Sunday in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The best teams in the world played:

-- Russia beat Czech Republic -- 4-2
-- USA beat Canada -- 5-3
-- Sweden beat Finland -- 3-0

Although still part of the preliminary rounds, the six teams offered the best hockey players in the world.

The USA-Canada games was a classic from the drop of the puck in the first period. Canada, arguably the better team and gold medal favorite, made a few mistakes the Americans capitalized upon. The Americans did what they needed to do to win, lead by excellent goal tending by Ryan Miller.

One of these six teams will win the goal medal. The quarterfinals, semi-finals and gold medal matches should not be missed.

One interesting thing the US win means is that Canada and Russia are now on track to meet in the quarterfinals and one of these two favorites will leave without a medal.

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