Monday, May 24, 2010

2010 Hockey World Championships

This weekend concluded the 2010 World Championships for ice hockey. Hockey is a big deal over here. The Czechs won the title in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. They also won another six titles as part of Czechoslovakia.

On Saturday afternoon, the Czechs beat Sweden 3-2, to make it to the finals against Russia. Sweden went on to beat Germany for the bronze medal. The Russians won the title in 2008 and 2009.

Well the Czechs pulled it out and beat Russia 2-1. It's pretty cool because Russia had some big name players and the Czech team was mainly guys who play here. I guess this helps make up for not getting a medal in Vancouver. Plus, the Czechs seem to enjoy it whenever they can stick it to Russia.
Everyone went crazy when the Czechs beat Russia. Lots of shouting, singing, and horn blowing. I'm sure that the bars were lively on Sunday night. I was happy that the Czechs won but I was over it a few hours later when I needed to sleep and I could still hear the horns at 2:30 AM.

1 comment:

  1. I watched the match with about 1000 Czechs in a Zizkov beer garden. It was so fun to experience their joy! The energy from the crowd was amazing - especially when the Russian score was disallowed. Afterwards on the metro home, all the Czechs kept chanting "thank you boys!" on the way home. That's so much sweeter than America's chant: "we're no. 1!"

    Yesterday, I saw the hockey buses pulling into Prague from Germany. Buses and a whole caravan of Czechs honking, hollaring, waving flags, having a good 'ole time. Their joy is infectious!