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  • Star-studded session for Meet the Coaches | Video

    Star-studded session for Meet the Coaches

    Behind every great athlete there is a great coach and on Thursday evening two of the best – Melody Davidson and Vitaly Petrov - visited Congress Innsbruck for a special Q&A session attended by IOC President Jacques Rogge. Joined by one of her star players, Jennifer Botterill, Melody - who led Canada’s women’s ice hockey team to three Olympic gold medals and no fewer than five world championship titles -  said without hesitation that the key to success is “Passion”. The pair added that their relationship was more of a friendship and that’s why it worked so well. Vitaly was also joined by his protégée, the legendary Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka – who set an incredible 35 world records during his glittering career – and used the session to outline how he tries to understand his athletes and their talent, explaining if you don’t really know your athletes, it is impossible to get the best out of them. Sergey, who won gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and still holds the current outdoor world record, reminded the athletes that “nobody is born a champion”, but added that a good coach can have a major influence on an athlete’s progression from a talented youngster to an Olympic champion. For Sergey, that person was Vitaly, who commented that he acted as a “father for Sergey when it came to sport”. And the pride he felt when talking about his “son” was apparent on stage.
  • Lake Placid 1932 -1980 Legacy | Video

    Lake Placid 1932 -1980 Legacy

    “In 1932 the Winter Games came to America for the first time, to Lake Placid. A multipurpose Olympic Centre was built specifically for the Games – the first indoor arena ever used for the Winter Olympics. In 1980, the Olympic Games focused the world’s attention once again on Lake Placid. In the original 1932 Olympic Centre, the US men’s hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union in a match that became known as the "Miracle on Ice”. But the legacy of the 1980 Games could well have been limited to some great memories and short-term improvements in infrastructure, if not for the creation of the Olympic Regional Delivery Authority in 1981. This organisation was set up to manage and promote the sports facilities used to host the 1980 Games, and has created an ongoing legacy that has reshaped the region’s economy. Since then, Lake Placid has hosted an impressive 11 World Championships, and 60 World Cup events. The continual enhancement of the Olympic facilities has ensured that the Olympic legacy not only lives on but is built upon.”
  • Teun de Nooijer on finding gold and love at Atlanta 1996 | Video

    Teun de Nooijer on finding gold and love at Atlanta 1996

    A double Olympic champion and the winner of four medals in all, Dutch hockey player Teun de Nooijer looks back to his first Games at Atlanta 1996, where he struck  gold on and off the pitch.
  • Darwitz relives her Olympic debut | Video

    Darwitz relives her Olympic debut

    The winner of two silver medals and a bronze in her three appearances at the Winter Games, US ice hockey player Natalie Darwitz made her Olympic debut as an 18-year-old on home ice at Salt Lake City 2002. In the latest instalment of our Words of Olympians series she recalls her experiences at the Games.
  • Ray shines bright on the Olympic stage | Video

    Ray shines bright on the Olympic stage

    Sandrine Ray was only eight when she dreamed that she would one day play ice hockey for Switzerland at the Olympic Games. It was a dream that magically came true at Turin 2006, as she recalls in this latest episode in our Words of Olympians video series.
  • Pavel Bure's Olympic History | Video

    Pavel Bure's Olympic History

    In Nanago 1998, Pavel Bure becomes the leading scorer in the tournament with 9 goals, leading the Russian team to the silver medal. Four years later, Bure helps the Russian team to a third place finish, Russia receives the bronze medal at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games with a 7-2 victory over Belarus. Pavel Bure (RUS) - Ice Hockey - Nanago 1998, Salt Lake City 2002
  • Czech Republic | Video

    Czech Republic

    Ice Hockey/men - Japan 1998 (Winter)
  • Germany Celebrate Late Goal | Video

    Germany Celebrate Late Goal

    Germany leave it late to score the winner against New Zealand in preliminary round play in women's hockey. Five minutes from half time, New Zealand strike first as the ball comes to Krystal Forgesson and she shoots high to score. Germany equalise in the second half and in the last minute, Anke Kuhn nets the winner from a penalty corner and Germany hold on to win 2-1. Hockey Women Preliminary Pool B - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - GER vs NZL
  • Paumen Hat Trick Leads Netherlands To Final | Video

    Paumen Hat Trick Leads Netherlands To Final

    The Netherlands book a date in the women's hockey final by defeating Argentina. Maatje Paumen nets three of the first four goals to put the Dutch up 4-0. Argentina get on the board with eleven minutes left, but the Netherlands score again and the South Americans get a consolation goal. The Netherlands win 5-2 and will play China in the final. Hockey Women Semifinal- Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - NED vs ARG
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