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Old 02-23-2006, 12:18 PM
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p.s GO FINLAND you have to beat our arch rivals Russia!


It gonna be hard! We sure have to play BETTER than we did against USA. We need more speed.....
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:20 PM
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FINLAND was not
And this country is also going through a major CURLINGMANIA!
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When did the Olympics start allowing professionals in? Has it always been the case?
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I can not really say for sure about the other sports but in ice hockey the IOC only started allowing NHL players in the 1990's either the 1994 or 1998 Winter Games. Prior to that Olympic Hockey was strickly non-pros or amatuers - the NHL players were not allowed. The problem with that was the IOC conveniently ingnored for 20 years or more that the Russians and the Checks were essentially pros as the players were paid a good salary to only train and play hockey as a job - they were essentially professional, while the other countries had a non-salary non-pro player requirement. This imbalance finally was resolved after the old Soviet Union disbanded - the IOC is slow to changes.

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Old 02-23-2006, 06:37 PM
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I know with Ice Skating, they don't allow professional skaters. It is interesting how they let some countries slide.


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Old 02-23-2006, 06:43 PM
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I know with Ice Skating, they don't allow professional skaters. It is interesting how they let some countries slide.
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Same thing in the Summer Games where they alllow the NBA stars to compete at the Olympics as well as the Top Tennis pros in the Tennis event.
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Same thing in the Summer Games where they alllow the NBA stars to compete at the Olympics as well as the Top Tennis pros in the Tennis event.



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For a while there was a big issue about "non-professionals" in the Soviet block who were labeled as such because they were not "paid" as professionals - yet they never had to worry about a roof over their head, food in their mouths, paying their coaches, etc.

There was one Winter Games I'm aware of where professional skaters were allowed to compete one last time. I don't remember all of the ones who chose to, but I remember Brian Boitano did. I think (but I'm not sure) that Kristi Yamaguchi declined saying what was there to prove. She'd already won a gold and it's not like she could improve upon that. She could only go down. She left at the top. Why risk going back just to be greedy, and then risk leaving with perhaps nothing. I'm pretty sure that was Kristi.
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I don't know but I think the previous Soviet men figure skaters were paid a salary as it was cloked as Red Army pay - they were all in the Red Army but really did no Army duty while they were skaters. Maybe even the women skaters were paid by the Army to hide it from the IOC that they were skater non-professionls in the Army.
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The year was 1994, games on Lillehammer and a lot of figureskaters tried to made a comeback
Katarina Witt came back as did Brian Boitano and so did Viktor Petrenko, eventhough Petrenko won 1992 in Albertville, went to World's and then turned pro only to make a combeck two years later. Go figure.
None of these were able to capture the Gold again.
Pairskaters Ekaterina Gordeeva/Sergei Grinkov managed to get the gold. And Icedancers Jane Torvill/Christopher Dean got bronze
This was the biggest amount of professionals that made a comeback!

This year there were two couples in Icedance that made a comeback. Italians Barbara Fusar-Poli/Maurizio Margaglio and lithuanians Margarita Drobiazko/Povilas Vanagas
Also Italian Silvia Montana made a comeback
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Curling FINAL has begun!

Our commentator said that Curling is so popular in Canada that Newfounland & Labrador providence has closed it's schools so that pupils and teachers can go home and watch.......

Well, I think Canada is hoping that the third time is a charm since you guys got silver in Nagano and Salt Lake City

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OH OU!!!

Well, no-one could've even imagined that we'd made it this far so
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Finnish curling team played a fine tournament, too bad their worst game was the gold game. But Canada also played perfectly, especially Nichols, so the difference today was clear, congrats to Canada for gold and Finland for silver and USA for bronze, great games in this tournament
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Yeah - the hockey team lost but truthfully many people here did not think that they had enough team preparation time before the Olympics - in fact they had none at all and just got together for the 1st time in Turin - because of the NHL schedule - that should not happen next time.
The situation was the same for all teams. For example many Finnish players arrived very late to Torino, no ice practise before first game due to the snow storm flight delays and also gear stuck in Paris where they changed flights.

In my opinion if they are going to have a break in NHL for the Olympics, they should allow a couple of extra days for preparing..



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When did the Olympics start allowing professionals in? Has it always been the case?
I think NHL started to have an Olympic break either in 1994 or Nagano 1998, at least I remember a really big buzz for the Nagano games, so maybe that was first?
Finland were so happy winning bronze there against Canada, even if the semifinal against Russia was a cruel one, Pavel Bure made 5 goals in that game, waiting in the blue line for a pass which he got several times

Finland-Russia 1-0 at the starting moments.....
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Finnish curling team played a fine tournament, too bad their worst game was the gold game. But Canada also played perfectly, especially Nichols, so the difference today was clear, congrats to Canada for gold and Finland for silver and USA for bronze, great games in this tournament

WOOHOO!! Don't worry Finland is going to win gold in hockey.
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WOOHOO!! Don't worry Finland is going to win gold in hockey.
Wish I had your confidence, I'm a typical Finnish pessimist

Sweden are in the final, for a Finn losing gold to Sweden is worse than ending up 4th place, lol
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