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Winter Olympic Games 2018 Official Countdown Thread

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hckosice    695

Ice Hockey Tournament at Sankt Moritz 1928

 

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The Canadian team, 1928 Olympic champions

 

The Ice Hockey Tournament of the 1928 Winter Olympics took place from 11th to 19th February in the Badrutts Park in Sankt Moritz, Switzerland, the tournament was counted as the 3rd World Championships and the 13th Ice Hockey European Championship as well.

 

The tournament was attended by eleven teams, and the Canadians who were directly seeded to the final group took the Gold medals without conceding any single goal again. The title of the European Champions was won by the silver medalists Swedes.

 

This time from the overseas came Only a Canadian team, this time from the Toronto Varsity Grads, which had enough time to rest as they were automatically seeded in the final group. The remaining ten teams were divided into three preliminary groups, of which only the winners got into the final medal pool. All the groups presented very interesting games and big dramas until the end, only the Hungarians went home without any single point and the Germans did not score any single goal but reached 1 point thanks a 0-0 draw with Austria.

 

The most unpredictable situation was in Group A, in which the first three teams defeated each other and the British topped the group only by the best overall score which was the first tiebreak to determine the tied teams. The toughest and closest results were achieved in Group C, which was won by the Swiss hockey players, a result which obviously made the home fans really happy and eagerly excited for the later parts of the tournament.

 

The Czechoslovak national ice hockey team arrived to Sankt Moritz in a strangely created squad, which was in fact build under complicated conditions, as the oldest generation of players knew that it was their last chance to go on such a tournament. But Still, the young players prevailed in it, for example the legendary scorer Jirkovský was not even called for this tourney. The most important and decisive match for this team came immediately at the start of the games against Sweden. The Czechoslovak players unfortunately did not scored any goal in this match and their hopes to qualify for the medal round were destroyed already the first day with the lose 0-3, in their next and last match of the tournament they defeated the Poles by a tight win 3-2.

 

The final group was entirely under the direction of the Canadian hockey players who defeated everyone there by double-digit results. The Swedes were the first to compete against them, and then they could at least calmly concentrate and focusing on next matxhes and winning the silver medals and the title of European Champions. The Home hockey players after beating the British team 4-0 won the Bronze medals for the enjoyment of the home fans.

 

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Picture from the action in the Match between Canada and Switzerland in the final round

 

 

Final Ranking:

1. Canada  (Represented by Toronto Varsity Grads) :CAN

2. Sweden :SWE

3. Switzerland :SUI

4. Great Britain

5. France

6. Austria

7. Czechoslovakia

8. Belgium

9. Poland

10. Germany

11. Hungary

 

 

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Entry of the Poland´s Ice Hockey team during the Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations

 

The parade of Nations in video

 

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Gianlu33    299
13 minutes ago, EselTheDonkey said:

Today it's 150 days until Pyeongchang 2018. :clap:

Again 151 days and 15 minuts :p :evil:

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OlympicIRL    360

 

22 weeks, 150 days to go !

 

 

A double update today as we have now passed the 22 weeks to go milestone and the Games are today just 150 days away. Two more coloured pieces added to the logo :)

 

 

 

 

 

Key:
a1 6 months to go
a2 3 months to go
a3 1 month to go
b1 150 days to go
b2 100 days to go
b3 75 days to go
c1 Four Hills Tournament begins
c2 Hahnenkamm Race begins
c3 Winter X Games begin
d1 tickets go on sale
d2 2018 Olympic year arrives (Jan 1st)
d3 2018 Olympic Prediction Contests Open on Totallympics
e1 lighting of Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece
e2 Olympic flame arrives in Incheon
e3 Olympic flame arrives in Gangwon province
x Olympic cauldron is lit

 

 

 

 

 

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PyeongChang 2018

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Sindo    46

The official Schedule of the Winter Olympic Games have been announced !

 

You can find the complete schedule here.

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hckosice    695

Ice Hockey Tournament at Lake Placid 1932

 

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The Winnipeg Hockey Club representing Canada at Lake Placid 1932

 

The Ice Hockey Tournament of the 1932 Winter Olympics took place from 4th to 13th February in Lake Placid the New York´s iconic winter sports resort in the United States. The tournament was counted as the 6th Ice Hockey World Championships as well.

 

The tournament was played by only four teams that played a double round-robin tournament, every team played 2 games against each opponent. Matches took place in two places (the James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink and the Jack Shea Arena), each one of them hosted six games.

 

The Gold Olympic Medals (4th consecutive - counting also the Ice Hockey tournament of the 1920 Summer Olympics) and World Champions (6th consecutive) title was again won more or less easily by the Canadians. Even if this time the Winnipeg Hockey Club which got the honor to represent the birthplace of Hockey in Lake Placid lost 1 point after a 2-2 draw in the very last match of the tournament against the USA.

 

The ongoing huge world economical crisis strongly affected the whole Olympic Games in 1932, for example only 2 European teams traveled to the USA to attend the ice hockey tournament - Germany and Poland.

 

Both did not have any chance against the two North American representatives and their respective matches had to decide only about the bronze medals. The Germans won both games 2-1 and 4-1 and took their first of their two all-times ice hockey Olympic medals.

 

In the battle for gold and silver The Canadians played against the Host team 2 exciting and dramatic matches. Both games was extremely close and both games had to move to the Overtimes, in the first which later appeared to be the decisive one Canada won 2-1. the second and last one of them even finished without winner 2-2.

 

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Image from one of the two Canada vs USA Lake Placid 1932 clashes

 

 

Final Ranking:

1. Canada  (Represented by Winnipeg Hockey Club) :CAN

2. United States :USA

3. Germany :GER

4. Poland

 

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Canada - Poland 10-0 was the highest and at that time - uncommonly - the only one double-digit result of the tournament

 

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OlympicIRL    360

 

 21 weeks to go ! 

 

 

Pyeongchang 2018 is now just 21 weeks away and of course we add another piece of our logo jigsaw :)

 

 

 

 

 

Key:
a1 6 months to go
a2 3 months to go
a3 1 month to go
b1 150 days to go
b2 100 days to go
b3 75 days to go
c1 Four Hills Tournament begins
c2 Hahnenkamm Race begins
c3 Winter X Games begin
d1 tickets go on sale
d2 2018 Olympic year arrives (Jan 1st)
d3 2018 Olympic Prediction Contests Open on Totallympics
e1 lighting of Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece
e2 Olympic flame arrives in Incheon
e3 Olympic flame arrives in Gangwon province
x Olympic cauldron is lit

 

 

 

 

 

                                   e1        
                   30     e2     c1  
                30 b2   e3   c2    
                30   b3 x c3 30    
        20 19 18     a3 d3      
                a2     d2    
  17       12   30         30  
  16       11                
  15       10                
  14       9                
  13       8                
                           
7 6 5 4 3 2 1              

 

PyeongChang 2018

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--47----------------------------46-------29-----------------------------22-------06----------------------------03

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--45-----------------------38--43-------30--33-------------------16--21-------08--13------------------------05

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--------44-----------40---41------------------28--31-------20--23-------------------10--11-----------07---

------------------42--------------------------------------26--------------------------------------09-------------

----------------------39-----------------------------32-------19----------------------------12-----------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------37-----------------34-------------------17----------------14-------------

--------------------------------------35--------------------------------------15---------------

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hckosice    695

Ice Hockey Tournament at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936

 

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The 1936 Olympic Champions, Great Britain Ice Hockey team composed of one player born in Canada, In overall nine players grew up in Canada, and eleven of the thirteen had played previously in Canada

 

 

The 1936 Winter Olympics ice hockey tournament was held from 6th to 16th February 1936 at the Olympic Stadium and at the Lake Riessersee in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The tournament was also counted as the 10th World Championship and the 21st European Ice Hockey Championship.

 

The tournament was attended by fifteen teams, and finished by a huge upset. The Olympic, World and European titles unexpectedly went to Great Britain, who as the very first European team in history managed to win in a competition with both overseas teams competing.

 

The tournament was contested on two ice rinks. Part of the tournament was played in a artificial ice of the newly build Olympic Stadium for 10 000 spectators and remaining matches on the frozen Lake Riessersee. The tournament was played in different format of three rounds, In the first one all teams were divided into four preliminary groups from which only the first two teams of each pool advanced to the second round the Semifinals groups. In this stage there were 2 Semifinals groups of four teams each one, and again the first two from both pools advanced to the final group.

 

It was the British team who had been slightly advantaged in the first round in fact, since they were altogether with the Swedes the only teams playing in a only 3 teams group, after the withdraw of Yugoslavia they both had just to beat the Japanese to advance for the second stage. All other groups were composed by four teams. The most balanced group was the group C, where the Host Team of Germany and the United States team advanced both with equal amount of 4 points from 2 wins and 1 lose. But the USA team could call themselves really lucky because it was the Swiss who saved them from the absolute disaster and epic shame, The Swiss defeated Italy in the last day of the first round, but the Italians were too much tired in that game since only few hours before they played another huge match ending after the overtime with a sensational and historic win over the Americans 2-1. For the Swiss, however, this win against Italy 1-0 was the only one in the whole tournament, it was a big surprise to see the reigning European champions eliminated so early. In other hand The qualification for the semifinal round for the Canadians was much more easier, The top favorite won all 3 matches conceding only 3 goals and scoring 24.

Only one team advanced from the preliminary round without conceding a single goal, it was the Czechoslovak team, which managed to win all 3 matches of the preliminary pool with a total score 10-0 beating Belgium 5-0, Hungary 3-0 and France 2-0. The team arrived to Germany with a quite older roster and after played only 1 preparation international match. The team leader Zadák a important figure in the structures of Sparta Prague, had to face a huge pressure especially from the players of the LTC Prague. The Medias again after eight years wrote that the team is composed only by the same faces and same old names, which refuse to let their places to new young talents. The complaints were especially about the Goaltender Peka, who finished in this tournament his incredible 23 years National Team career. The complaints increased, especially after the first defeat in the tournament suffered in the semifinal round with the USA 0-2, The team, however, won the next 2 games 4-1 over Sweden and 2-1 against Austria and advanced to the final-four. In this round, unfortunately the team did not scored a single goal losing 0-5 to Great Britain and 0-7 to Canada, the 0-2 result with the Americans was counted from the semifinal group, and finished last fourth.

 

If the semifinal group B had a relatively clear outcome resulting in the easy qualification of the USA and ex-Czechoslovakia, the Semifinal group A was more tense and already in their first match the world hockey experienced a huge upset, Canada lost to Great Britain 1-2, in the next game the host Germany managed to draw with the GB team 1-1, a unexpected and new situation for the Canadians who was in a real danger to not qualify for the medal round, they had to win their last game against the hosts and they succeeded winning 6-2.

 

Thus along with Czechoslovakia only the teams composed of players which gained experiences and raised in Canada advanced to the final round, CAN, USA and GBR. The format advantaged the Americans and Brits since the results from the semifinals round meets between GB and CAN and match between TCH and USA were counted and used in the medal round, so only a 0-0 draw between USA and Great Britain was enough for both teams to secure medals and for the Great Britain´s team to win the title, Canada winning both remaining matches against USA and Czechoslovakia, also assured at least the silver medals.

 

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1936 Image after the match of Germany defeating Hungary, four years later the war puts the Olympic games and ideas on it´s knees... thankfully not for long time
 

 

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Rudi Ball of Germany was the only jew allowed by Hitler to play in the host team

 

 

Final Ranking:

1. Great Britain  :GBR

2. Canada  :CAN

3. United States  :USA

4. Czechoslovakia

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5. Germany  - Eliminated in the Semifinal Round

5. Sweden  - Eliminated in the Semifinal Round

7. Austria  - Eliminated in the Semifinal Round

7. Hungary  - Eliminated in the Semifinal Round

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9. Italy  - Eliminated in the Preliminary Round

9. France  - Eliminated in the Preliminary Round

9. Japan  - Eliminated in the Preliminary Round

9. Poland  - Eliminated in the Preliminary Round

13. Belgium  - Eliminated in the Preliminary Round

13. Latvia  - Eliminated in the Preliminary Round

13. Switzerland  - Eliminated in the Preliminary Round

 

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Ex-Czechoslovakian 1936 Ice Hockey team before their first match against Belgium at lake Riessersee

 

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