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hckosice    891

Ice Hockey Tournament at Sankt Moritz 1948

 

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The Canadian team (RAFC Flyers), 1948 Olympic champions

 

After the horrors of the war , finally came peace and the Olympic Games and ideas revived, 20 years after hosting the 2nd winter games, Sankt Moritz was selected to host also them again in 1948 only 3 years after the end of the World War 2.

The Ice Hockey tournament of the 1948 Winter Olympics took place from 30th January to 10th February 1948 in Sankt Moritz, Switzerland, It was also counted as the 15th Ice Hockey World Championship and the 26th Ice Hockey European Championship as well.

 

The tournament was attended by 9 teams which played a simple Round-Robin tournament, Everyone played one match against each opponent. However, The results of the USA, which was Disqualified, were counted only for the World Championships ranking, meaning only 8 teams were classified in the Olympic tournament. The first two team had exactly the same final amount of points, exactly the same record of 7 wins and 1 draw, so for the first time the Olympic champions were decided by total Goal average tie-break formula. The Canadians had a total Goal advantage of 69:5 and Czechoslovakia 80:18,

so only by 2 goals the Canadians (represented by the Ottawa RAFC Flyers) won their 5th Olympic Gold and 21st World title, Czechoslovakia took silver medals and the European title.

 

There was a huge problem and massive controversy before the start of the tournament, USA arrived with 2 teams !!!! They both wanted to participate at the tournament, this nearly caused the cancellation of the whole tournament. USA in fact sent two different teams. One send by the AHA (American Hockey Association) registered in the LIHG (predecessor of IIHF) and compossed only by professional players and one send by the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) sponsored by the US Olympic Committee and strictly composed by amateur players.

 

No resolutions was reached before the Games and both teams arrived at St. Moritz ready to play. This created a tense showdown between the USOC's president, the LIHG, the Swiss organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC was responsible for the overall running of the Games. The IOC initially ruled that neither team could compete. This incensed the LIHG, led by its new president Fritz Kraatz, who refused (since this tournament was also counted as a Ice Hockey World Championships) to allow in the tournament a team which was not a member of the federation, and openly threatened to boycott the Olympics. and organizing immediately a separately different tourney in Davos, 

The Swiss organizing committee, fearing this eventuality, ignored the IOC's ruling and allowed the AHA team to play in the tournament and the AAU team to at least march in the opening ceremony.

Eventually the parties also agreed to allow the AHA team to play but they would receive no official ranking in the Olympic tournament, and they would not be eligible to win a medal. their ranking (4.) will be counted only for the world championships.

 

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Team USA competed in the tournament with a team of professionals, but their results were counted only for the world championship ranking, their Olympic results were annulled 

 

The ice hockey tournament was held on three different stadiums, but only on natural ice. Due to an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level, the organizers did not expected the problems that occurred.

Suddenly the snow started to fell because sudden higher temperatures. in fact the Ice hockey was not considered as the main part of the Olympics, which was manifested in several directions. The IOC showed it already before the start of the Olympics in the controversy affair around the USA teams. then during the games, in the evening sessions, Only the figure skating events was preferred to be contested on the only stadium with artificial lighting in St. Moritz. Some matches of the ice hockey tournament even have been played in front of a very bad visits of some tens of peoples as their was played only in some private ice rinks at the Palace Hotel and Suvretta hotel. An exception to this unfortunate state was the moment when the domestic hockey player Torriani lighted the Olympic cauldron and performed the Olympic oath for all athletes.

 

In difference of the World Championships in Prague held past year, this tournament had no many unexpected results and surprises. the tournament was in fact of a very good level with the traditionally really strong Canadians competing, plus the reigning Olympic champions from 1936 the Brits arrived too.


The Italians unfortunately this time send a very weak team and it was clear they are going for the last place since the first match, in which they lost with the Czechoslovak team  22-3. More than half of the matches in the tournament ended with a double digit result, and this was one of them. The biggest difference in the score was in the match USA - Italy 31-1.

A significant drop in the first post-war world championship was recorded by the Austrian team. The Bronze medals have been too far this time due to a single win throughout the tournament. The Scandinavian team was also very far away from the silver medals that they took from Prague. The British pre-war Olympic triumph did not even come close because they ended up behind the only representative from northern Europe. Instead, Poland retained its position after one year and again achieved two wins.

Domestic ice was good for the Swiss. The top moments of their view included a high win against the Swedes, which was set by six goals from the Trepp and the Polter brothers line. Three days before the end of the tournament, the home team was still undefeated. but then lose to the best two teams of the tournament and took the Bronze medals.

 

The Czechoslovak hockey team arrived to St. Moritz as a reigning and defending World Champion title from last year. Coach "Mike" Buckna this time could nominate seventeen players, two more than in the previous year.  Since the start of the tournament, Czechoslovakia has been trying to overcome its opponents mainly with the offensive game, which was reflected in the individual match scores. In the first game Czechoslovakia defeated Italy 22-3, then came the match against the Swedes, One of the team's goals in the tournament was to revenge the one year's old defeat from Sweden, and it happened by winning 6-3. In the following match Czechoslovakia won over Poland 13-1, in next matches 11-4 over Great Britain (in this match the goalie Modrý was excluded and according the this times rules, one of the defenders had to go to protect the net) and 17-3 over Austria.

Also the Canadian team passed the tournament Without any losing point, Its members were mainly RCAF mens who arrived at the from various military crews stationed in Europe. The Canadians came out to gain points mainly from a careful and excellent defense game. they conceded only 5 goals througouth the tournament.

Although the match between Czechoslovakia and Canada players was due to take place a few days before the end of the tournament, it was clear that the new Olympic winner would be very likely decided in this match. Canada, receiving the minimum of goals so far, has entered the match in a more mentally favorable position. The Canadian native coach of the Czechoslovak team Buckna has decided to adapt the absolutely similar tactics for this key match to the opponent. The result of the two-sided hard defensive game was a logical 0-0 draw, more suited to the Canadians. For Czechoslovakia, it was also a significant success because they did not lost to Canda for the first time in history at the Ice Hockey World Championship.

The Czechoslovak team still waited another important duel with the host nation team, the winner knew that will be awarded by the title of European Champion. The Swiss players had hopes even after the first period, but Czechoslovakia managed to decide the outcome of the match in the later parts and won 7-1 and the silver medals, the last win against USA 4-3 was not counted for the Olympic ranking.

 

The Canadians by defeating the home team in the very last game of the tournament 3-0 officially confirmed their gold. They knew that they were +2 goals ahead of the Czechoslovakian team so in fact every win guaranteed them the triumph. For Czechoslovakia it was a bit painful knowing they just needed to score 2 more goals against one of the weakest opponents to win the historic title.

 

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The Olympic Medalists in the Ice Hockey Tournament of the Sankt Moritz 1948 WOG, Czechoslovakia, Canada and Switzerland

 

 

Final Ranking:

1. Canada  (Represented by Ottawa RAFC Flyers) :CAN

2. Czechoslovakia :CZE

3. Switzerland :SUI

4. Sweden

5. Great Britain

6. Poland

7. Austria

8. Italy

- United States DSQ

 

 

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OlympicIRL    539

 19 weeks to go ! 

 

 

Another week closer to the big event! Just 19 more Fridays until the Opening!

 

 

 

 

 

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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
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hckosice    891

Ice Hockey Tournament at Oslo 1952

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Team Canada represented by the Edmonton Mercurys the 1952 Olympic Champion - for the next 50 years, they were the last Canadian Olympic Ice Hockey champions

 

Finally the Winter Olympic Games were held in a Nordic Country.

 

The 7th Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament was played in Oslo Daelenenga stadium, Lillestrom, Sandvika, Drammen but mainly in the newly built Jordal Amfi in Oslo, Norway. At the request of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the organizers had to built a indoor rink for hockey, it was the first time in history that the Olympic tournament was played in a indoor arena.

 

Anyway, only few missed, and the Hockey was not played at all, Mainly because of the controversies around the USA teams in 1948, the IOC even dropped Ice Hockey from the Olympic program in 1951, However after huge lobbying from the sports powerhouses the same year during the IOC congress the sport was reinstated.

 

But then started another case, Due to significant performance differences in the last Winter Olympic Games and World Championships tournaments, the Netherlands, Belgium and France jointly submitted a proposal to the IOC for a new re-organization of the competition, it consisted of splitting teams in two different level groups, however the IOC did not found comprehension for that and refused it because it was opposed to one of the main Olympic principles - prevent any differentiation between strong and weaks and allowing all participants to fight for the same trophies. This resulted in a renunciation of all 3 countries to participate, later their "boycott" was jointed also by Austria and Italy. Anyway all these non-participating countries played this kind of lower category championship later this year in Liege, Belgium, it was the very first nowadays so-called lower division word championship tournament.

 

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In the additional decisive bout for the bronze medals the Swedes led by one of the biggest stars of the world hockey history the legendary Sven "Tumba" Johansson defeated the non-prepared Czechoslovakian team 5-3

 

The Oslo 1952 tournament was also counted as the 19th World Championship and the 30th European Championships, It was contested by 9 Teams playing a simple Round-Robin tournament, Every team played once each opponent, with the best three nations at the end awarded by medals.

 

Canada, this time represented by the Edmonton Mercurys won the Gold, it was the 6th Olympic Ice Hockey title for Canada and the 15th World Championship title - who thought that it will be for a very very long period, exactly 50 years !!! their last Olympic Gold until the 2002 tournament in Salt Lake City and once again a gold ahead of the United States.

 

USA thanks the 3-3 tie in the last match against Canada took silver with 13 points,

and Sweden bronze (The Swedes as the highest ranked European team took also the Continental title ahead of Czechoslovakia and Switzerland). In fact there was a huge controversy about the Bronze medals. Sweden and Czechoslovakia both finishe tied in the Round-Robin with the exactly same record of 12 points for 6 wins and 2 loses, and plus they had both exactly the same Goal difference +29. Czechoslovakia even defeated Sweden in their head to head confrontation 4-0, Czechoslovakian players already started to celebrate the Bronze.........

But then the organizers decided that both teams should play in the last day one additional tie-breaker match - and Sweden won a couple of minutes before the Closing ceremony at the Jordal Amfi arena by 5-3 and won the Bronze.

 

Former Czechoslovakia, which has become a communist country, has sent a very decent team of experienced players used to play together, which was the expected strongest weapon of the team. It looked good from the start after beating Poland 8-2 in the opening match, then came another triumphs 6-0 against the host Norway and 6-1 against Germany, In the next match in front of a fantastic attendance in the indoor Jordal Amfi hall they lost to Canada 1-4, the wins 11-2 over Finland and 8-3 against Switzerland returned the team in the medal contentions, but unfortunately the team lost to USA in the crucial next game 3-6, they knew that they had to beat the Swedes to finish on the podium and they did it winning 4-0. Expecting the bronze and already celebrating they suddenly were surprised by the information of playing a additional match against Sweden later the evening of the next last day of the games, a surprised and totally non prepared team for this match lost 3-5 and finished 4th.

 

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Image from the match between Canada and Czechoslovakia 4-1

 

Final Ranking:

1. Canada  (Represented by Edmonton Mercurys) :CAN

2. United States :USA

3. Sweden :SWE

4. Czechoslovakia

5. Switzerland

6. Poland

7. Finland

8. Germany

9. Norway

 

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OlympicIRL    539

 18 weeks to go ! 

 

 

Another week closer to the Games and the blue portion of the logo is now complete!

 

 

 

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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Ice Hockey Tournament at Cortina d´Ampezzo 1956

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The ex-Soviet Union Olympic debut ended in a absolute dominance of the tournament, the first ever USSR Olympic team won the whole tournament winning all matches.

 

The Men´s Ice Hockey Tournament at the 1956 Winter Olympic Games was played at the Olympic Stadium and at the Appollonio Stadium in Cortina d´Ampezzo, Italy from 26th January to 4th February 1956. It was the 8th Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament and was also counted as the 23rd World Championships and 34th European Ice Hockey Championships.

 

The world started to notice a new Hockey powerhouse and a new super dominance in this sport started to raise. The Soviet Union made it´s Olympic debut in 1956, The Athletes from the former Soviet Union won more medals than any other nation, and in the Ice Hockey they absolutely dominated the competition as well. Really interesting fact, since the nation started to compete internationally in this sport only since 1954.

 

The tournament had a 2 rounds format. All 10 participating Nations were divided into 3 preliminary Round pools, the first 2 teams from each group advanced to the final stage played in a Round-Robin format (Each team faced every opponent) the remaining 4 non-qualified teams played a Consolation round-robin for 7th-10th places.

 

There was also some noteworthy moments that happened already before the start of the games. Especially around the Germans teams, Both East and West German teams wanted to participate, but the IOC announced they will allow only one team to compete under a unified German flag, a situation that was unfortunately not going to be solved so easy, since both teams couldn´t come to a agreement how the team will be formed, so they decided to play a Qualification game before the games to got the right to represent Germany, and it´s the West Germany who won the match and represented the so-called Unified German team in Cortina. The East Germans at least hosted the same year the often called "B" category world Championships in Berlin for the non participating countries.

 

The USSR won all their games and won their first historic Olympic gold in their debut under the five rings, it was their second World Championships title and 3rd European title in their 3rd International competition. The United States took silver and Canada won their 8th Olympic medal in their 8th Olympic participation, however, this time it was the first Bronze. Canada was represented this time by the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmens.

 

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Image from the match USSR - Canada  2-0

 

In the preliminary round there wasn´t any big surprises to mention about, All favorites advanced to the final round without noticeable problems. Canada and the Unified German team advanced from Group A, Czechoslovakia and USA from Group B and USSR and Sweden from the Group C. Canada, Czechoslovakia and USSR as unbeaten teams.

 

The Final round started with a very important match between the United States and Canada and USA defeated their neighbors for the very first time in Olympic History 4-1, since Canada lost also in their last game to the ex-USSR 0-2, but defeated all their remaining rivals in the final-six they took the bronze. The Soviet Union won all matches to claim gold, including the crucial match over the USA 4-0.

 

The Consolation round was won by the Host Italy winning all 3 matches.

 

Czechoslovakia send to Cortina a similar team to the one from the Oslo Games led by some great players as the Bubník brothers or Defencer Karel Gut and forward Vladimír Zábrodský, but failed to fulfill the medal expectations, In the first round it looked promising, the team won both games 4-3 against USA and 4-0 against Poland. but lost already their first match in the final round to Canada 3-6 a lost which came in a very wrong moment, only few hours later the next day they had to play again this time against Sweden, and it appeared that the players suffered a strong blow especially on the mental side, they absolutely failed in this game and lost 0-5, meaning the end of any medal hopes. then came another lose this time in the "Friendly" match against the "Beloved Big Brother" of USSR 4-7. The only points and only win in the final round was achieved against the German Unified team 9-3 and the unsuccessful tourney was closed by another failure with the USA 4-9. The team at least won the Continental Bronze medals behind the USSR and Sweden.

 

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Picture from the game between the gold and silver medalists USSR and United States in the first day of the Final Round

 

 

Final Ranking:

1. Soviet Union :WHT

2. United States :USA

3. Canada (Represented by Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmens) :CAN

4. Sweden

5. Czechoslovakia

6. Germany Unified Team (Composed only by West Germany players)

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7. Italy  -  Consolation Round

8. Poland  - Consolation Round

9. Switzerland  - Consolation Round

10. Austria  - Consolation Round

 

 

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OlympicIRL    539

 17 weeks to go ! 

 

 

 

 

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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OlympicIRL    539

 16 weeks to go ! 

 

 

 

 

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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Ice Hockey Tournament at Squaw Valley 1960

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Team USA after winning all their 7 matches became 1960 Olympic Champions, one of the most surprising and unexpected winners in all Olympic Ice Hockey history

 

The Men´s Ice Hockey Tournament at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games took place from 19th to 28th February 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, USA.

 

9 National Teams attended the 9th Olympic Ice Hockey tournament, The games were played at Blythe Arena and at the Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink. The results of the tournament was also counted as the official results of the 27th World Championships and 38th European Championships as well.

 

The format of the tournament was similar to the one used for the previous 1956 tourney. All 9 participating countries were divided into 3 preliminary round pools, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the Final-Six, where they played a Round-robin to determine the top 6 places, the last team of each group played a double Round-robin tournament in a so-called Consolation Round for the 7th place.

 

Once again already before the start of the Games, some controversies and politically sided problems occurred, Exactly like before 1956 the IOC allowed only one German team to participate to the games as a Unified German Team, and once again both German Ice Hockey federations couldn´t find a agreement about the composition of this "Mixed" team and decided to play a home-away qualification game to determine the nation which will represent Germany in Squaw Valley. West Germany again won this play-off winning 10-5 in Aggregate and got the honor of playing at the Olympics.

 

Another one and much more bigger controversy started because of the Amateur status. Certain teams especially the Canadian openly accused countries of the Eastern Bloc - mainly the ex-USSR to use some Professional Amateurs players, giving them phantom jobs in the Military club and by this allowing them to play at the Olympics. A issue which started during these games and lasted for the next decades culminating in a boycott of Canada in major hockey events in the 70s.

 

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One of the crucial moments in the Gold road was the winning goal of the USA Canada 2-1 match

 

Despite being the top favorites of the tournament the Soviet Union team surprisingly didn´t maintained their Olympic title from Cortina. In Fact USSR finished "only" third behind both North American representatives. A huge upset. But the even bigger upset was the Host team winning first ever Ice Hockey Olympic Gold for the United States, Silver was won by Canada once again represented by the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen. USSR as the highest placed European nation won once again the Continental title ahead of Czechoslovakia (4th Overall) and Sweden (5th Overall).

 

The tournament started by preliminary round, All favorites started well their campaigns, Canada and Sweden advanced from Group A, Soviet Union and Unified German team from Group B and host USA and Czechoslovakia from Group C. Canada, USSR and USA as unbeaten teams.

 

In the medal round the United States surprisingly continued their winning streak and completed a improbable and totally unexpected Gold triumph winning all matches of the tournament, including the 2-1 wins against Canada and 3-2 over the USSR. Canada defeating the Soviets in the last match 8-5 secured the silver in front of their rivals, 4th finished Czechoslovakia, 5th Sweden and 6th Germany losing all their 5 medal round games.

 

Finland winning the Consolation round finished 7th ahead of Japan and Australia.

 

Czechoslovakia started to rebuild the team with some new rejuvenated faces and interesting young prospects around future stars like Jozef Golonka, Ján Starší, Václav Pantuček or Jaroslav Jiřík and mixed them with extremely experienced players like Karel Gut or Vlastimil Bubník. The team started the tournament against the Host USA ad was leading 4-3 after 2nd period but totally collapsed in the 3rd frame conceding 4 goals in the last part of the game resulting in a opening lost to the United States 5-7, In the existential next match without any trouble Czechoslovak team outclassed the Australian newby team 18-1 and did qualified for the medal round.

In the final-six the team started very badly losing to USSR 5-8 (again a disastrous last period costed too much) and to Canada 0-4 (this time it was a terrible opening period that decided about the outcome of the match) 2 wins against Sweden 3-1 and the unified German Team 9-1 put back some very slim chance for medal, but only in case of a very high win over the still unbeaten host team in the last game round and some help in the Canada-USSR match, it wasn´t necessary since the team again didn´t stand the pressure and drastically failed in the last period (losing it 0-6 despite being 4-3 in the lead after 2nd period !!!) to the USA and losing 4-9.

 

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If the better known USA Olympic triumph in 1980 is commonly called as the Miracle on ice, this one is called as the Forgotten miracle. Image from the winning game against ex-USSR 3-2

 

 

Final Ranking:

1. United States :USA

2. Canada (Represented by Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen) :CAN

3. USSR :WHT

4. Czechoslovakia

5. Sweden

6. Germany Unified Team (Composed only by West Germany players)

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7. Finland  -  Consolation Round

8. Japan  - Consolation Round

9. Australia  - Consolation Round

 

 

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Ice Hockey Tournament at Innsbruck 1964

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1964 Olympic Champions, USSR regained their title back after 8 years

 

The Men´s Ice Hockey Tournament at the 1964 Winter Olympic Games took place from 29th January to 9th February 1964 in Innsbruck, Austria. All Games were held at the Olympiahalle Indoor Rink.

 

The tournament was attended by 16 National Teams and served as the 31st Ice Hockey World Championship and 42nd European Ice Hockey Championships. After 8 years the title returned to the USSR, The Soviets won their 2nd Olympic title, 4th World Champions title and 8th Continental title. Silver medals went to Sweden and bronze after huge controversies to Czechoslovakia. Canada playing for the very first time with a purpose built National team finished 4th and for the first ever time failed to win medals in this sport at the Olympics. The reigning champion from USA finished fifth.

 

Prior to the Olympic Games Both German federations had again to decide how their Olympic so-called Unified German Team will be formed, but once again both federations couldn´t find a agreement and decided to play again the Qualification match to decide which of them will represent the German Unified Team. And just as it was in the 3 previous WOG it was again the West German team which won the play-off but this time with the closest outcome 8-7 in Aggregate. The other qualification match was played between Japan and Australia, The Japanese outclassed their rivals in the Intercontinental Qualification to qualify for the Innsbruck Olympics.

 

The 16 Countries participating countries Played the Olympic tournament in a new format, According to their Ranking seeding they were paired in a direct elimination game, the 8 winners advanced to the medal round-robin and 8 losing teams to the 9th-16th places Consolation round-robin.

 

In the first round (Direct Elimination) all favorites won their games more or less easily, only the German team had to fought until the end to beat Poland 2-1. The highest win was marked by the top favorite USSR winning over Hungary by 19-1. Other notable favorites also delivered a one sided win Canada over Yugoslavia 14-1, Sweden against Italy 12-2 or Czechoslovakia beating Japan 17-2.

 

The 8 winners entered the medal Round-Robin - Every team played once against each opponent. And the tournament was slowly going to a unique and highly dramatic finish, in the last playing day 4 countries were still playing for medals. The Soviet Union defeated Canada 3-2 and assured Gold. Canada was also on the right medal way, they just waited for the final result of the last match between Sweden and Czechoslovakia. but then started a unprecedented controversy. The Swedes unexpectedly highly outscored the Czechoslovaks 8-3. A result which still normally would meant bronze for Canada but they didn´t knew that during the last period of the very last match of the tournament IOC decided to change the rules, especially the tie-breaking procedure, By the rules that were originally used counting the goal difference between the top four teams, Canada would still took bronze behind USSR and Sweden, but just before the medal ceremony this was changed, and Czechoslovakia won bronze by the new rules (goal difference in all games of the Olympics).

 

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Canada finished out of the Olympic Ice Hockey podium for the first time in history, Picture from the match against the Soviet Union 2-3

 

In 2005, the International Ice Hockey Federation attempted to alter the results of World Championship, awarding Canadians a bronze medal, but then it changed its mind, and in September 2005 the IIHF finally rejected Canada's appeal to be awarded 3rd place.

 

Poland won the Consolation round-robin to earn the 9th place just ahead of Norway and Japan.

 

The Czechoslovak team which featured for the first time under the five rings the legendary Vladimír Dzurilla in the net started the tourney with a easy win over Japan 17-2, already at the 26th minute of the match the score was 9-0 Miroslav Vlach and Jaroslav Walter both managed to score 4 goals in this game.

 

In the medal round Czechoslovakia started again very well, beating Germany 11-1, but in the next match the team lost to USSR in a marvelous and memorable epic hockey battle 5-7, just few hours later the team returned in the winning mood defeating this time Finland 4-0. After 2 rest days Czechoslovakia won over Switzerland 5-1 and the next day over the reigning champion United States 7-1 thank a great last period with 5 goals scored in the last minutes.

In the next crucial game Czechoslovakia faced Canada in a very important match for both teams. Canada was leading 9 minutes before the end 0-1 but Czechoslovakia managed to score 3 times in the dying minutes put the team to the strong medal contention.

In the last and controversial match Czechoslovakia lost to Sweden too much easily 3-8, during the match it looked like the team will throw away the medal and finish 4th, when the score was 6-1 after 2 periods started a strange lobby behind the backstage, resulting in a sudden change of rules which meant that Czechoslovakia stayed on the medal board, Sweden thanks this high win jumped to the medal podium and surprisingly dropped Canada from the top 3 for the very first time in the history.

 

USSR won also as the highest European ranked nation the Continental title ahead of Sweden and Czechoslovakia. For the first time the Olympic and European Championships medal podium was exactly the same.

 

 

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The Soviets led by the epic coach Arkady Chernyshev celebrating the second olympic title

 

 

Final Ranking:

1. USSR :WHT

2. Sweden :SWE

3. Czechoslovakia :CZE

4. Canada

5. United States

6. Finland

7. Germany Unified Team (Composed only by West Germany players)

8. Switzerland

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9. Poland  -  Consolation Round

10. Norway  - Consolation Round

11. Japan  - Consolation Round

12. Romania  - Consolation Round

13. Austria  - Consolation Round

14. Yugoslavia  - Consolation Round

15. Italy  - Consolation Round

16. Hungary  - Consolation Round

 

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OlympicIRL    539

 15 weeks to go ! 

 

15 is the number of sports that will feature at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, and 15 is the number of weeks until the big event arrives!

Also updated with another piece of the logo to reflect the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia and the beginning of the torch relay :)

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

                                   30        
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7 6 5 4 3 2 1              

 

PyeongChang 2018

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OlympicIRL    539

 100 days to go ! 

 

We have already passed by the 100 days to go milestone, the Olympics really are just around the corner now :)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

                                   30        
                   30     e2     c1  
                30 30   e3   c2    
                30   b3 x c3 30    
                  a3 d3      
                a2     d2    
          12   30         30  
          11                
          10                
  14       9                
  13       8                
                           
7 6 5 4 3 2 1              

 

PyeongChang 2018

------------------50--------------------------------------25--------------------------------------02-----

--------49-----------------48------------------27-----------------24-------------------04----------------01-

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

--------------------------------------36--------------------------------------16-------------------------------

--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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