charlio lemieux· Premium Member
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WTF? Excuse me?
Low blow from Russian media in wake of Olympic woes
By Neate Sager
Here you thought how nice it was that Canada and Russia could play a major international hockey game and have it just be about the game, free of geopolitical gobbledygook.
No one did a throat-slash gesture (that was us: Phil Esposito, 1972), kicked an opposing player (that was them), took out the other team's best forward (us again), started a bench-clearing brawl to get the other team kicked out of a tournament (them), or told the winning team it couldn't keep its championship trophy (ya, that was us).
It was just a sports event.
But not to Pravda, which, on the eve of the game, ripped Canada a new one. Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star gets credit for the find: a piece by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey called, wait for it, "Vancouver: Mutton Dressed As Lamb."
We all know Canada has problems with the future lines drawn on Arctic maps and we all know Canada lives in the shadow of its larger neighbour to the south. The abject cruelty shown by Canadian soldiers in international conflicts is scantily referred to, as indeed is the utter incapacity of this [country] to host a major international event, due to its inferiority complex, born of a trauma being the skinny and weakling bro to a beefy United States and a colonial outpost to the United Kingdom, whose Queen smiles happily from Canadian postage stamps.
Maybe it is this which makes the Canadians so … retentive, or cowardly. So it is not exactly a huge surprise to have international skating experts from the four corners of the Earth criticising the decision to award the Men’s figure skating Gold medal to the US athlete Evan [Lysacek] over the reigning Olympic Champion Evgeny Plushenko, whose superior performance was inexplicably ignored.
WTF? Excuse me?