Winter Olympic Sports: Hockey
Unveiling of Canadian hockey history began in 1879 when students of Montreal's McGill University made the first rubber washer. At the Olympics, the sport came in 1920 - the tournament was held in Antwerp, six teams of the Old and New World.
Then it was the Olympic Games, in the Olympic Games program white hockey entered since 1924. In the pre-war and early post-war tournament completely dominated Canadians. Only once, in 1936 at the Olympic Games, carried out in Nazi Germany already, Canadians gave way to the UK team. In 1956, the palm of the Canadians intercepted Soviet hockey players, who conceded only two Americans in 1960 and 1980 to 1988. Relay race team of the USSR caught Russia by winning the Olympics in 1992 in the French Albertville. So far, Russian hockey players to repeat that success could not. In the past the 2010 games in Vancouver, losing in the quarterfinals of Canadians with a crushing score of 3: 7, the Russians showed the worst result in more than half a century of participation in the Olympic Games of white - the sixth place. Prior to this, the Soviet and Russian national teams consistently ranked in the top four teams. The last twenty years, when the level of the leading teams are aligned, the Olympic tournaments were the scene of an uncompromising and unpredictable fight. Twice during this period he won Canada, Sweden and the same amount once triumphant became Czech hockey players. Olympic hockey tournaments are interesting by the fact that in contrast to the world championships for the duration of the competition matches suspended the National Hockey League, which is played by leaders of all the leading teams, and the Olympics teams gather at his best compositions. As a rule, they arrange a grand celebration of hockey. Since the Olympic Games 1998, held in the Japanese Nagano, women were held tournaments in ice hockey. The first Olympic gold in this kind of program has got an American victory in the final Canadian team with the score 3: 1. In the future, consistently success accompanied the Canadian hockey players.