The Denmark upset over the Czechs this morning was a hell of a game.
In general, I really enjoy the winter olympics and pretty much have it on all day while I am working and watch some at night. Figure skating is the only thing I really skip .. not so much because of the sport, but the overly sappy announcing .. similar to gymnastics in the summer games.
February 15th is a good day for Norway. Three gold and two silver medals today. Four years ago we got three gold, two silver and one bronze on the same day. Our best day ever in olympic history. Today is the second best.
I was very disappointed with how everything turned out (COVID stuff, NHL out etc.) and it's clear that this is not even near the level of tournaments such as Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 or Sochi 2014, or even most of the World Championships, but I'd say it's still very real for all of the players and teams that are there. A brilliant chance for some surprises, too, like Germany did in the 2018 tournament.
I think most of the games have been quite high-level hockey and definitely entertaining.
That all being said, if we (FIN) go for gold, it's a bit underwhelming overall, given the circumstances. Everyone was very much looking forward to these olympics, as it seemed like a perfect opportunity to try and get that gold in a best on best tournament - finally. And then... this. Still, good hockey!
Maybe we'll get a SWE-FIN final...
Our loss against Sweden in Torino is still one of my most painful hockey memories... Such a brilliant tournament and absolutely oustanding game against Russia in the semifinal, but we couldn't quite match Sweden in the final... Finland lost one period in the whole tournament - too bad that it was the decisive period of the Olympic final. Fortunately, over the past ten years or so, Finland has finally learnt to believe and go for victory and the hunger for winning is finally dominant, not the fear of losing.
Norway is having an incredible Olympics, that's for sure. Canada not so much, although we won that lovely women's hockey gold last night. It's always better when you have to beat the Americans (twice) to win.
Most of top tier athletes are "cheating". Thus I wouldn't point fingers to that girl, or even to Ben Johnson, Armstrong, or anyone for that matter.
It's not about who's cheating, it's who is street smart /knowledgeable /protected /targeted etc to get away or not.
Clean competition is as real as Santa Claus. Therefore whoever wins the Olympic Games /big competitions has my respect. Remember the great Usain Bolt? He was never caught and also never pointed any fingers. Now remember Carl Lewis, who was seen injecting by co-athletes, how he shamelessly did. I'll go with Bolt, thanks.