Why are they still holding this lame excuse of a sport at the international level. Continue holding it in the U.S and Canada, and if they need be in other countries too, but put an end to the pitiful international circuit. The European and Asian representatives only fall into a deeper and deeper rut, as Canada and the U.S are able to humiliate not the just the balance of their opposition, but teams like Sweden and Finland, the best of the pathetic rest. I dont know why they even keep this sport in the Olympics. Here are some scores from preliminary play of the World Womens Hockey Championships:
Canada defeats Kazaghstan 13-0
Canada defeats Russia 12-0
Canada defeats Sweden 10-0
United States defeats China 8-2
United States defeats Germany 7-0
United States defeats Finland 8-1
Dont get me wrong, some 8-1, 8-2, 7-0, or even 10-0 games are acceptable from the best; but the closest game the U.S had was 8-2, and the closest game Canada had is even more telling, 10-0.
They held semifinals today. I dont know why they even bothered holding them. The U.S and Canada could skate half the game on their ass and still beat anybody, apart from one another. They should have just given everybody a break, and came back for the inevitable Sweden-Finald bronze medal game, and the U.S-Canada gold medal game.
These are examples of scores, another telling sign is the repetive results at every key placement. If one individual is a repetitive gold medalist, you may be able to just admire their greatness and their ability to withstand the challenge of their
opposition year after year. However all three top three spots are excessively repetetive. Canada has won every Womens World Hockey Championships Gold so far, 8 in total. U.S likewise has won silver all 8 times. Finland has won bronze 7 of the 8 times, the one exception being 2001 when they chose to keep something like 10 of their top 12 players out of the tournament to do certain training. It isnt a competition, it is mockery of elite sport.