Upset Russian coach after defeat: ‘Eat me alive’

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Russia’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is not sure about his future. (USATSI)

To some, a Russian gold in Olympic hockey would’ve been ample to deem the Video games a hit for the host nation, regardless of the outcome of other sports. If the Olympics had been Vladimir Putin’s baby (they were), then Russia’s hockey workforce, a group he publicly lauded and partially helped finance, was the apple of his eye. He even had a hand in picking the person tasked with explaining the confounding efficiency to the media.

Searing questions were heaped on Russia’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov following Wednesday’s beautiful three-1 loss to Finland, and given the aforementioned stress, his answers, while candid, weren’t stunning.

The transcript of one reporter-coach change, per the Wall Avenue Journal:

Q: What future, if any, do you see for your personal work and on your coaching employees? As a result of you recognize, your predecessor was eaten alive after the Olympics.

A: Effectively then, eat me alive proper now –

Q: No, I mean –

A: Eat me, and I won’t be here anymore.

Q: But we have the world championship developing..

A: Properly then, there shall be a unique coach because I will not exist anymore, since you’ll have eaten me.

Q: But you’re staying, aren’t you?

A: Sure, I’ll remain dwelling.

Other questions (How much are you at fault? Was this a disaster?) had been lobbed at the coach, but he was clearly reticent to indulge the feisty media. Gold or bust usually isn’t a stable strategy, however the Russians shall be not noted of the medals ceremony for a third straight Olympics.

“There were nice hopes positioned on us, and we didn’t reside up to them,” Pavel Datsyuk, the Russians’ finest participant throughout the tournament, stated to Canada.com.

Questions relating to the effectiveness of using Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin on the same line together with a curious resolution to start out (and eventually pull) Semyon Varlamov in purpose, were authentic probes, but these solutions would greatest be saved for an additional day.

When Bilyaletdinov was asked whether or not he can be sticking around Sochi, he curtly responded, “No, I might slightly depart.”

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Gaborik not cleared, out for Slovakia in Olympics

 

Gaborik has represented Slovakia in the past two Olympic tournaments. (Getty Images)
Gaborik has represented Slovakia prior to now two Olympic tournaments.Slovakia might be with out considered one of their top scoring threats when the Olympics get underneath manner next week; the Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Thursday that Marian Gaborik will not be able to play in Sochi.

Gaborik was named to the Slovakian roster regardless that he had a damaged collarbone, which he suffered on Dec. 21, and on Thursday the organization said that doctors nonetheless have not cleared Gaborik to play.

“I am extraordinarily disenchanted that I will not be capable to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Video games however understand the decision is the fitting one for my restoration and for the nationwide team,” said Gaborik. “I’ve been fortunate and proud to symbolize my country at two Olympic Games and different worldwide tournaments and sit up for doing so once more in the future.”

Clearly it’s a robust break for Gaborik, particularly considering he appears to be very near being able to play. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says the group is hopeful he’ll be able to go very soon.

“Marian has worked extremely hard and completed all the pieces potential to rehabilitate his injury and return to the ice with the hope of representing his nation in Sochi,” Kekalainen mentioned. “We share his deep disappointment that he will not be able to do so, but are optimistic that he can be fully recovered very quickly.”

Gaborik had 5 targets and 7 assists this season for the Blue Jackets in just 18 video games. He is a free agent after this season and has been talked about in attainable commerce hypothesis, so he’ll have extra to consider whereas persevering with to rehab than just missing the Games.

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. issues travel alert for Sochi Olympics

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The U. S. is urging Americans to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions to stay safe if traveling to Sochi for the Olympics.

Public transport in the general vicinity of Sochi has been targeted by terrorists as recently as late December, although the department stressed that those attacks took place in the city of Volgograd, some 600 miles from the Games venue.
A group designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, the Caucasus Emirate, has called for attacks on the Olympics, it said. Although the group's ability to strike the Games is not clear, the alert noted that the group has in the past been responsible for large-scale attacks on targets including a ski resort, a metro system, a high-speed rail, an airport and a theater.

The alert pointed out that Russia has vowed to take appropriate security measures to protect athletes, spectators and infrastructure. On Thursday in Washington, FBI Director James Comey said the Russians are devoting substantial resources and effort to securing the Olympics.

"We have been in regular communication – including me personally – with their security organizations to make sure we're coordinating well. I think that we are, " Comey told reporters in Washington. "We've improved our information sharing on counterterrorism, and it's important. Securing any Olympics is an enormous task. It's particularly challenging in Sochi because of its proximity to areas of unrest and sources of the terrorist threat. The Russian government understands the threat and is devoting the resources to address it. "

Comey said the FBI would deploy "at least a couple dozen people in Moscow and maybe a smaller number but still a dozen or more people of different specialties" in Sochi.

 

In addition to the potential for terrorism, the State Department said Americans should consider buying private medical evacuation insurance if they attend the Olympics as medical facilities are "untested" in Sochi, which has never before hosted such a large event.

 

It also warned Americans to be wary of common criminal activity, which tends to rise at most large gatherings around the world.

 

The alert also advised lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to review the State Department's LGBT travel information page if they plan to visit Sochi for the Games, noting that Russia has in place a law that bans the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors. It said authorities have been vague about defining "propaganda" and that the law applies to foreigners. A conviction on the charge could result in a fine, a jail term and deportation.

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Selanne to play on sixth Finland Olympics team

From left, Mikko Koivu and Teemu Selanne will represent Finland in Sochi. (USATSI)
From left, Mikko Koivu and Teemu Selanne will signify Finland in Sochi. (USATSI)

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Finland’s Olympic roster is a good mixture of old and new, with a number of players getting back from the workforce that received the bronze medal on the 2010 Olympic Winter Video games in Vancouver. Among these headed to Sochi is Teemu Selanne, who will make his sixth journey to the Olympics for Finland. In line with the IIHF, he will become simply the second individual to ever try this in ice hockey.

Selanne has performed in every Olympics since NHL gamers had been allowed to compete in the video games in 1998 and even was part of the 1992 Olympic squad, where he had seven objectives and 4 assists in eight video games as an newbie.

Conversely, Finland’s roster additionally consists of Florida Panthers rookie Aleksander Barkov, who was not even born when Selanne made his first Olympics and is 25 years the Finnish legend’s junior. Identical for defenseman Olli Maatta, who’s 24 years youthful than Selanne.

Sixteen total NHLers made the roster, with players from Finland’s SMliiga and the KHL filling out the other spots (by way of IIHF):

Goalies:
Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars (NHL)
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (NHL)

Defencemen:
Lasse Kukkonen, Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Juuso Hietanen, Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
Sami Lepisto, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (RUS)
Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Sami Salo, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Ossi Vaananen, Jokerit Helsinki (FIN)
Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Geese (NHL)

Forwards:
Juhamatti Aaltonen, Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers (NHL)
Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Jussi Jokinen, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Olli Jokinen, Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Leo Komarov, Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Petri Kontiola, Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)
Lauri Korpikoski, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jori Lehtera, Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS)
Antti Pihlstrom, Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS)
Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

Goaltending must be an enormous energy for this team as they have three proven netminders in Tuukka Rask, who is likely the favourite to begin, Vezina finalist Antti Niemi and the vastly underappreciated Kari Lehtonen. The notable omission is Pekka Rinne, who remains to be recovering from an infection.

Finland’s defense might be led by Kimmo Timonen, a seasoned veteran who ought to have the ability to hold issues calm back there and let guys like Maatta and Sami Vatanen an opportunity to play into bigger roles on the group as youthful gamers.

Up entrance, Finland has an fascinating mix. Mikko Koivu was named to the staff even supposing he’s recovering from a damaged ankle. If he would not recuperate in time, the Finns ahead depth takes successful. Younger players like Barkov and Mikael Granlund, who was the hero in Finland’s 2011 World Championship gold-medal recreation, ought to play outstanding offensive roles for this club.

Finland goes to be an interesting team to look at in Sochi. They may not have the depth they did once they took the bronze in Vancouver, but the confidence gained in 2011 with that world championship and the combination of experience they’ve on this workforce may make them a little more dangerous than they look on paper.

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Putin: No discrimination against gays at Olympics (Yahoo Sports)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Making his first trip to Sochi since being elected head of the IOC final month, Bach met Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to inspect the host metropolis. Bach told Putin he was deeply impressed with the quantity of labor Russia has done for the Feb. 7-23 games. (AP Photograph/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that homosexual athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel comfy, in search of to assuage fears fueled by a current Russian legislation banning homosexual ”propaganda.”

Speaking at a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by visiting IOC President Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi could be fully tolerant.

”Alone and in your behalf, I have assured Mr. President (Bach) that we’ll do our greatest, and our athletes and fans will do their finest too, in order that each members and friends feel themselves snug at Sochi Olympics no matter their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation,” Putin mentioned. ”I would like to underline that.”

Preparations for the Sochi Olympics have been overshadowed by worldwide criticism of a just lately enacted Russian regulation outlawing ”propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” Many worry that law could apply to homosexual athletes and guests to the video games.

The IOC has stated it acquired assurances from the Russian authorities that it’s going to respect the Olympic Constitution, which prohibits discrimination of any type at the games. Homosexual rights groups have accused the IOC of not doing sufficient to pressure Russia on the difficulty.

Bach, who additionally had a one-on-one meeting with Putin on Monday, voiced confidence that Russia will ship a profitable video games.

Making his first trip to Sochi since being elected head of the IOC final month, Bach instructed Putin he was deeply impressed with the quantity of labor Russia has achieved to organize for the Feb. 7-23 games. Bach stated he expects the games will likely be held on a ”magnificent level.”

Bach requested if there would be sufficient snow for the video games. Town of Sochi is a balmy, palm-lined Black Sea resort, whereas the snow events will likely be held in the close by Krasnaya Polyana mountains.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who is in control of preparations for the Olympics, said organizers have saved 24.7 million cubic toes of snow as a contingency in case of lack of snowfall.

”And more will come we hope,” Putin stated.

Putin and Bach opened a new railway station in Sochi that can function an important transit hub through the Olympics, linking the coastal zone with the mountain venues.

Russia is spending greater than $50 billion on the Olympics, Putin’s pet project. He mentioned Monday the Olympic construction is essentially full, with only some details remaining to be accomplished.

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Jonathan Quick aims for U.S. starting role after taste of Olympics in Vancouver

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ARLINGTON, VA — 4 years ago, Jonathan Quick was the No. 3 goaltender for Crew USA behind Tim Thomas and starter Ryan Miller. He did not see any motion within the 2010 Olympic Games, nor was he expected to. Coming off his rookie season in the NHL, Quick’s presence in Vancouver was strictly with an eye towards the longer term.

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Four years later, that future is now, and with a Stanley Cup victory under his belt and four seasons of strong play, Fast has discovered himself now combating for the No. 1 job when Crew USA heads for Sochi in February.

As a 24 yr old on the Vancouver Video games, Quick was nonetheless studying his craft, and getting the opportunity to spend two weeks working alongside NHL veterans in Ryan Miller and Tim Thomas was useful.

“I used to be pretty young in the league at that time in my profession,” Fast stated at U.S. Olympic camp on Monday in Arlington, Va.

“I didn’t know many guys, especially guys around the staff. It gave me a possibility to meet a bunch of the guys and likewise watching [Ryan Miller] and how he prepared for games of that magnitude. It’s little issues here and there that you just decide up on.”

Part of the criteria that Team USA’s administration workers will use to judge gamers is their physique of labor and how they’re playing through the primary three months of the 2013-14 NHL season. Making a call on three goaltenders include the largest stress.

“I believe goaltending is the one position that’s extra in order that than the body of work,” said Group USA head coach Dan Bylsma. “How you’re taking part in and your play within the subsequent three-and-a-half months goes to be most essential for on the subject of that position and making choices in that regard.”

No matter who the Group USA staff decide will be the three goalies they take to Sochi, it’ll be a powerful bunch. Fellow gamers like Ryan Kesler and Keith Yandle have already recognized the staff’s biggest strength as goaltender, with Fast and Miller joined by Craig Anderson, Jimmy Howard and teenager John Gibson.

“It’s a deep, deep pool with a whole lot of good players who have good expertise,” stated Bylsma. “They’ve executed a good body of work. They’ve received championships; so it’s a tricky determination not just for the starter, but who are going to be the three goalies on our team.”

Even Fast’s rivals know he could be an asset for the U.S.

“I see [Fast] loads as a result of he’s in the West,” stated Yandle. “He’s normally shutting us out quite a bit, so it’s not a lot of fun playing against him, but it surely’s good to see him here the place he may doubtlessly be on this team.”

Miller was the most effective participant of the 2010 tournament, however his game, along with the Buffalo Sabres has slid. What was as soon as thought of as a lock is now anybody’s guess as to who will get the reigns for Sochi. That’s opened the door for Fast.

He wasn’t on the ice four years in the past, however to Fast, there was a lot to take out of that experience and use this time round.

“We completed quite a bit,” said Fast. “We weren’t anticipated to do much as a staff getting into to that match and the way in which we came together as a group and what we had been capable of accomplish means loads. It’s one thing that we will construct off.”

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George Takei would like the Olympics moved

With six months till Olympics, some are calling for games to be moved. (Getty)

Russia’s continued stance towards the LGBT community has drawn considerable curiosity. The Olympics are scheduled to begin there in six months, and Russia has continued to stand sturdy on their anti-homosexual legal guidelines. Some supporters are calling for a delusional plan for the Olympics to be moved.

British actor Stephen Fry and George Takei, who’s best recognized for his position as Sulu on “Star Trek,” have each made a plea for the Olympics to be moved. Fry desires Russia “banned from the Olympics, while Takei gives Vancouver, which hosted the final Winter Olympics, as a replacement. He signed a petition with over forty,000 signatures.

With all regards to Takei, trying to move the Olympics to a different continent six months earlier than the video games begin is delusional. There may be not one other sporting occasion that is as massive or demanding as the Olympics. The logistics take years of planning. This is why the IOC awards a bid seven years upfront, and why a plan should be in place even when a bid is presented. With out the assistance of a transporter from the Starship Enterprise, the Olympics aren’t going anyplace.

The Olympics is not going to be moved, and if they were, that would leave behind the LGBT group in Russia nonetheless suffering below the nation’s legal guidelines. The smarter petition was one demanding the IOC stand as much as Russia and repeal their anti-homosexual propaganda and laws. It had 320,000 signatures and was handed to the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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2014 Sochi Olympics hockey schedule: When can U.S., Canada watch gold medal game?

Getty Images Face it: North American fans were totally spoiled in two of the last three Winter Olympics.

The 2002 Salt Lake City Games and the 2010 Vancouver Games featured hockey tournaments that were played at times that didn’t require 2 a.m. alarm clocks buzzing and copious amounts of coffee. We had hockey throughout the day, allowing us to check out Tore Vikingstad (NORGE!) without completely ruining our sleep schedule.

The 2014 Sochi Olympics? Not so television friendly. At least for the West Coast.

There’s an 8-hour time difference between Sochi and New York. So the USA/Russia throw-down in preliminaries on Feb. 15 will be at 7:30 a.m. in East and 4:30 a.m. in the West. So, yeah, Spoiler Warning!

Here’s what the 2014 Sochi Olympic men’s hockey tournament schedule looks like …

The USA preliminary games, in local times, are:

7:30 AM ET Slovakia vs. United States
7:30 AM ET United States vs. Russia
7:30 AM ET Slovenia vs. United States

For Canada, they’re:

12:00 PM ET Canada vs. Norway
12:00 PM ET Canada vs. Austria
12:00 PM ET Finland vs. Canada

The qualification round playoffs are on Tuesday, Feb. 18, starting at noon local time. The quarterfinals are the following day, beginning at noon.

The semifinals are on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 a.m. and noon ET/9 a.m. PT.

The bronze medal game is Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.

The gold medal game is Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. local time: 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT.