In this post, I want to talk about the Canadian Olympic team and my thought about it. As it is the team of the country that my father was born and his family. Also, I have a Canadian citizenship and passport, and I also feel as a Canadian because they way that my father raised me.
I started to follow the Canadian Olympic team the same time that I was starting to follow the hockey. It is part of me and my love for all the Canadian hockey; it’s an important part of my being a Canadian. Also, it”s the pride of Canada.
Canada has an amazing team and always was at the top of the world with Russia and the USA. The team was also at the top in all the world tournament and having a very strong team. I am always a little sad that I couldn’t watch the team in the 80s when Wayne Gretzky played, to see him play as he is a legend in Canada hockey.
In the last five tournaments Canada won four of them, and in 2010 it was the only one that they didn’t win, the lost in the final game to Sweden. It was a heartbreaker loss that influences me a lot, I remember reading in the media about it, and I was in a bad mood after that for a long time. Also in the last World Tournament, they lost to Sweden which has become a great hockey nation with a tradition of success and again it was a heartbreaker that influences me for a long time. I consoled in the fact that it was to Sweden and not to the USA or Russia.
Canada has amazing teams with a roster of amazing players, every time they are putting up a great team. I see their games that I can find because it”s a problem to find a site that broadcast the Olympics, they are playing great, they are always coming through in a big way. Because of the status that hockey is in Canada which is the national sport, a lot of young kids going into the hockey and with the infrastructure that they have they develop a lot of great players. This result in that Canada has great teams all the time, and it leads to great success on the world stage.
I think that the mentality of the team that starts at the coach position which is Mike Babcock, all the way to the players. They have the mentality and desire the be the best in the world and always to play hard. They always strive to perfection and to play the game perfectly; they have a lot of self-criticisms. I think that the hockey tradition is something to admire and to take as a model for how a professional team should perform.
I admire in the Canadian team and system that they strive to completion and have an amazing self-criticism. I remember that in the world tournament in Russia even that Canada won the gold medal they didn’t play good in a few games, after that in the interview all the players and the coach mentioned it. They told in the interviews that they were disappointed in their game and that they needed to improve, which is not obvious for a team to say and not all of the countries doing it.
I think that it shows a lot about the team mature and its ability to criticize itself to get better. It shows the mentality of always being the best and not settle for less even if you win and the mentality of a true profession.
In my opinion, Canada is the best in the world, and they prove it every time in the world stage, by winning all the last world tournaments. I think that their mentality and self-criticism is something to admire and shows their professionalism. They have a great system of producing great players each year. I am proud of the Canadian team which gives pride to Canada and Canadian hockey.