2010 Winter Olympic Hockey: Food for Thought

Billy ArmstrongContributor IFebruary 23, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 20:  Tore Vikingstad (obscured) of Norway is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the ice hockey men's preliminary game between Norway and Switzerland on day 9 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 20, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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There’s a plethora to take away from Olympic hockey 2010 and, more importantly, to learn from.

Not everyday does the world get to witness the best talents in the world at their given sports. The human race gets this only once every four years. Aside from that, a lesson learned is to not overlook what you have.

North Americans get the privilege of watching the finest hockey talents in the world, seeing that just about half of the players on every hockey team are from or have played in the NHL.

Watching every game this year is extremely enjoyable because every team has a chance of winning. It’s great to watch the best sport in the world played with great teams. Personally, getting to witness this year’s hockey has been great as there really isn’t a clear cut favorite.

Isn’t that what sports is supposed to be about? Every team has a chance to win and make their homelands proud.

Drama is a huge part of Olympic hockey this year. Who wants to watch one team win all the time?

That’s another reason why hockey is great; there are no complacencies. There’s always a team waiting in the wings to be “the team to beat”.

Another great part of this year is the emergence of new stars. I’m happy to say, my favorite player this year is now up to the level of my NHL favorite, Alex Ovechkin.

It is none other than Norway’s Tore Vikingstad.

If you ask yourself is there a better Norwegian name, manly name, or name in general, the answer would be a resounding "NO!". The excitement that engulfed me and the surrounding area when he brought the game to overtime with his hat trick was memorable.

Hockey, and sports for that matter, is at its best when the underdogs have just as good of a chance as the supposed favorites. The talent is everywhere. Watching and rooting for the U.S. is good, but it's fantastic to sit back and be content with whatever happens because the best hockey ever is currently being played. The best players in the entire world are passionately and proudly giving their all before our very eyes.

It truly is a spectacle to the very definition.  

If any lesson is learned from hockey, this year's Olympics is a look at how far sports have progressed with the quality of athletes we have from all over the globe, and on any given night any team can win.