The bobsled, figure skating, snowboarding and cross country skiing are all great events in their own right; however, they don’t bring in the type of audience that Olympic hockey can boast. The majority of people were looking forward to watching the gold medal match for mens hockey and most were hoping it would be a rematch of 2010.
Everyone hoping for a team Canada vs. Team USA rematch is getting their wish, sort of. The two teams will square off in the semi-finals on Friday instead of the gold medal game. Don’t get me wrong it will be a fantastic team as these two heated rivals will battle for a shot at the gold medal, it’s just not the same gold medal type of game from 2010.
Two of the favourites, Russia and Canada have been vastly under-performing at the Olympics. As a result one team is leaving without a medal and there is a very real chance Canada will be in the bronze medal game, heck they almost lost to Latvia! On the flip side the United States have been dominating the tournament and scoring goals in bunches, which leads most to believe they have the stronger team.
However, this is not a poll about who has a better team, it’s a post about you and the viewers of mens hockey. The Sochi Olympics could easily be described as a failure strictly based on business. The viewing numbers are down 12% and the Russians spent $51 Billion to ensure they’d win gold medals at everything.
The fact that the numbers are down is a major concern with Canada and USA, two hockey powerhouses set to square off, things might get worse. I know for myself if Canada isn’t in the gold medal game, I likely won’t get a chance to watch it as I’ll be away. Now if USA doesn’t make it, most Americans won’t tune in either. The Semi Finals may be the most watched Olympic hockey game in Sochi 2014.
If you’re a hockey fan your dream gold medal match-up was Canada and the USA, if you’re Russian it was Russia and Canada for a rematch of the 1972 Summit Series. Neither of those gold medal matches are going to shake out, will that affect your gold medal watching?
Since it’s been awhile, let me know in the comments below who you see advancing to the gold medal match in Sochi.