Sochi might be four years away now, but the preparations have already begun. The Slovaks never cease to impress me, they might not ever have the most talented group of players but you won't find a team that gives more effort. To be honest, they deserved all 3 points in the game against us.
Yes I did enjoy the Olympics a lot. Many memorable moments. No, I don't get CBC or CTV, sadly. Since the NBC coverage was so abysmally bad, most of the time I chose to watch on Russian Channel One, when possible. Sure, they are slightly biased towards the Sbornaya, but NBC is also very biased towards the Americans so I would expect no less.
B.C. did look spectacular. I would like to visit someday. Sochi is also very beautiful, along with the rest of Krasnodarskiy krai. I have only been there once, quite a long time ago, but it will be the perfect setting for an Olympic games. We can only hope for great hockey like Vancouver, but of course, a slightly different outcome with the medal standings!
We are aware. Jason isn't the only American zealot on this site that is more than happy to make everyone not cheering for his team know about it.
I am happy Canada won. It was a very deserved victory, and I had said many times before. If Russia were going to win the Gold medal, there's no team I'd rather beat than Canada...but also if we have to lose, there's no team I would rather lose to. Of course, I'm not thrilled that we could not come away with at least some medal, but that's just how it works sometimes. There are more than a handful of people hearing it from Russian media right now.
But Canada, as I'm sure you all remember, were shut out by Russia in the quarterfinals of Torino and finished in 7th place. You rebounded. We finished 6th this time around but we will get our redemption in Sochi.
I have no problem admitting we played poorly. But like all Russians, I am a proud supporter and will carry the flag no matter how we perform. That's why I pay very little attention to lunatics like Jason who can not see any other way.
Sorry for the long response. But great tournament again, the best I have ever seen, and it was a fitting end as well. The best team won and that's how it should be.
Thanks for becoming a fan, appreciated. Look forward to reading more of your comments...
all the best!