“Can’t Rest On Our Laurels”: Two-Time Olympic Medallist Gurbux Singh To Men’s Hockey Team

The legendary two-time Olympic medallist Gurbux Singh has had one of the most illustrious careers in international hockey, having been an integral part of the Indian team that won the gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He followed up this feat by leading the team as the joint captain to a bronze medal in the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Appearing as a guest on Hockey Te Charcha — a podcast series initiated by Hockey India — Gurbux Singh shared his experience of playing an Olympic final against arch-rivals Pakistan in…

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The challenges of the NHL’s return to Olympic hockey

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Canadian women’s team savours Olympic preparation after pandemic disruption

CALGARY — Never have players on the Canadian women’s hockey team looked forward to the rigours of pre-Olympic preparation more. Ice time wasn’t always available during the COVID-19 pandemic, let alone skating in large groups or playing a game. Olympic team alumni have said the months they lived, trained and played games in Calgary before a Winter Games were the closest they came to feeling like professional hockey players. It’s the only time they get dedicated ice time, a regular slate of games, full-time coaching, hockey expenses covered and access…

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Hockey ‘one of most talked about Olympic sports on social media’

Analysing social media trends during the Olympics and other major sporting events has become the norm these days. Some data is on the money, while other research seems skewed. Hootsuite, the social media management platform, has conducted research into the most talked-about Olympic sports amongst women and men in the UK and revealed “surprising discoveries”. Analysing data from Twitter in the UK across the Olympic period, Hootsuite found a total of 475,592 mentions about various sports at this year’s Games in Tokyo. The data showed a “significant gender divide” when…

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Half of GB Hockey’s Olympic squad state school educated

Analysis has revealed that half of Great Britain’s Olympic hockey squad went through the state school system, for some or all of their education. According to data requested by The Hockey Paper, 35 per cent of the 34 of 40 Tokyo Olympians were fully state educated, with 15 per cent going through state and private […] The post Half of GB Hockey’s Olympic squad state school educated appeared first on The Hockey Paper. Source link

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The day Nicolas Massu made Olympic history for Chile

What happened exactly on that day On this day, August 22, 2004, at the Olympic Games in Athens, Nicolas Massu, from Chile, achieved a unique feat in men’s tennis history. After having obtained the gold medal in doubles the night before, partnering Fernando Gonzalez, he claimed the gold medal in singles, beating the American Mardy Fish (6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4). Massu and Gonzalez had already played five sets in the doubles final, saving four consecutive match points before triumphing against Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler, from Germany (6-2, 4-6,…

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Tokyo Olympic Hockey Heroes Of Odisha Accorded Warm Welcome In Home District

Four hockey players from the state, who were part of Indian teams in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, received a rousing welcome in their native district Sundergarh on Saturday, with hundreds of people descending on the streets to cheer for them as they made their way to their homes from the Jharsuguda airport. Olympians Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Amit Rohidas and Birendra Lakra were greeted upon their arrival at Veer Surendra Sai (VSS) Airport with garlands and bouquets by locals, as their family members stood by, Sundergarh Collector Nikhil…

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The day Justine Henin became Olympic champion

What happened exactly on that day On this day, August 21, 2004, world No 1 Justine Henin defeated world No 2 Amélie Mauresmo in the final of the Olympic tournament in Athens (6-3, 6-3). Winning the gold medal was a near-miracle for the Belgian, as after her triumph at the Australian Open, she had been sick with a strain of cytomegalovirus and an immune system problem and thus, she had been kept away from practising for three months. On top of that, in the Olympic semifinal, she had been down…

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Tokyo Olympics: India Need To Plug Holes In Defence Against Germany To Secure First Olympic Hockey Medal In Four Decades

A demoralising semifinal defeat behind it, the Indian men’s hockey team would need an error-free performance from its defence to secure an Olympic medal after 41 years when it takes on Rio Games bronze-winner Germany in the third-fourth place play-off match here on Thursday. World number three India played into the hands of world champions Belgium with their defence succumbing under relentless pressure from the Red Lions to concede a bulk of penalty corners throughout the match and lose 2-5 in the semifinals. The Belgians played to their strengths as…

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