Friday, April 29, 2005

Fairness, finally!

The International Ice Hockey Federation just announced that Canada has won the bronze medal in the 1964 world championships! (story) As The National reported a couple of nights ago, the Canadian team thought they had won the bronze medal and showed up at the medal ceremony at the Olympics (at the time the world championship was decided at the Olympics) only to find that the tiebreak rules had been changed after their final game, thereby giving the bronze to Czechoslovakia and dropping Canada to fourth place.


Blogger Eric said...

I never knew about this. It makes no sense to me. It seems entirely obvious to everyone that it was a ripoff, so the only thing I can see it accomplishing is deepening Westerners distrust of Communist block countries.

5/03/2005 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

That's very likely what happened. But times have changed. Czechoslovakia doesn't exist any more, and the two countries that do exist aren't Communist.

Athletic results tampering to favour Warsaw Pact nations was quite common, and Western distrust thereof was well justified. Hopefully the last relics of it are dying off, but figure skating in the 2002 Olympics showed us it's not dead yet.

5/03/2005 11:33:00 PM  

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