Originally written August 29, 2013 on Sport Statricity:
Much like Team Canada, the USA has been holding an informal get-together this week with it’s Olympic hopefuls for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. And while the Americans are saying all the right things about going for gold, it remains a tough task. After all, team USA hasn’t won a gold medal since the NHL started sending professionals to the Games in 1998, and in fact you would have to go back to the Lake Placid Games in 1980 to find when the Americans last took home one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of hockey. Looking at their performance at the IIHF World Championships is even worse, as USA only had two gold medals to their credit in history, the last coming in 1960. Needless to say, the country has not done well at major professional tournaments of late, a trend that the players and management hope to reverse in Sochi. The country has been very good at the World Junior Championships though, winning gold in 2010 and again in 2013. Perhaps then, it’s no surprise that ...
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