Olympic hockey (on ice…)

Canada win the Gold Medal

Canada win the Gold Medal

Last night was one of those magic moments. Canada vs the USA in the Olympic ice-hockey final on home soil. The country that claims that “hockey is our sport” could not have had a better finish to their Olympic Games by the best Hollywood producer. For anybody with the slightest interest in the sport, this was as good as it gets. The Olympic Games that once were reserved for the true amateurs now had the best hockey players in the world, all probably worth their weight in gold, battling it out to defend their countries honour. Once and for all the match last night killed the old belief that to play for your country and its glory was something only true amateurs would sign up to. Last night showed that true sports is forever worth more than any contract.

As I surf through a couple of columns on the web today the debate evolves around hockey’s (read NHL’s) yes or no to its place in the 2014 games. FoxNews explains how last night’s final brought hockey back again. Another column questions how the NHL can even consider turning down the opportunity to get free exposure from the Olympics. As golf steps into the Olympic family in 2016 it will be more than interesting to follow the lead up. What friends of hockey watched last night was the power of National recognition where the team and the country is always bigger than any individual. Considering where golf is at the moment – that would be a pretty welcome way forward!

1 Response to “Olympic hockey (on ice…)”

  1. 1 Phil Rowe March 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I always thought that team golf in the US College system was a good format. It can be exciting stuff… Follow Live! Team Leaderboards and Player Leaderboards, you’ll notice that in many cases it is actually the final counting team player’s individual score that decides the team finish!

    Team affiliations become strong links through shared experience. I’m not the only one who follows my alma mata team (http://bit.ly/9KZk5i)… Luke Donald gives back to his University golf programme (http://bit.ly/cdrzYt). I know he’d tell you that an individual win was nice (he had 13 college golf individual victories) but when his team won as well, that put the “icing” on!

    10 or so players in a squad, 5 or 6 players qualify to make the “travelling team”, 4/5 or 4/6 scores to count. There’s competition within the team but the greatest buzz is the unified competition versus other teams.

    Is there demand for this type of golf beyond amateur/US University golf?
    Is “A 72-hole individual stroke play” really going to be the 2016 Olympic golf format?

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