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The Streak lives

Team USA makes history with 70-year, 24-game tear

Posted: Friday February 22, 2002 1:23 AM
Updated: Friday February 22, 2002 8:29 PM


 
Homeboys
Team USA at home:
Year  Site  W-L  Place 
1932  Lake Placid  4-1-1  2nd 
1960  Squaw Valley  7-0  1st 
1980  Lake Placid  6-0-1  1st 
2002  Salt Lake City  4-0-1  ???? 
Totals:      21-1-3; 2 gold, 1 silver 
 
Road Dogs
Team USA on the road:
Year  Site  W-L  Place 
1920  Antwerp (Belgium)  3-1  2nd 
1924  Chamonix (France)  4-1  2nd 
1936  St. Moritz (Switz.)  6-2-1  3rd 
1948  St. Moritz  5-3  4th 
1952  Oslo (Norway)  6-1-1  2nd 
1956  Cortina (Italy)  5-2  2nd 
1964  Innsbruck (Austria)  2-5  5th 
1968  Grenoble (France)  2-4-1  6th 
1972  Sapporo (Japan)  3-2  2nd 
1976  Innsbruck 2-3  5th 
1984  Sarajevo (Yugo.)  2-2-2  7th 
1988  Calgary (Canada)  3-3  7th 
1992  Albertville (France)  5-2-1 4th 
1994  Lillehammer (Nor.)  1-3-3  8th 
1998  Nagano (Japan)  1-3  T5th 
Totals:      50-37-9; 5 silver, 1 bronze 
 

By Jacob Luft, CNNSI.com

Home ice brings out the best in the U.S. men's hockey team.

Since losing 2-1 to Canada in the opener of the 1932 Lake Placid Games, Team USA has put together an unbeaten streak of 24 games that spans four Olympiads. The streak has produced two gold medals and a silver, with another gold within reach.

The 21-0-3 record includes two improbable defeats of the mighty Soviet machine that cruised to eight gold medals from 1956-92, with the only exceptions being Team USA's pair of victories in 1960 and '80. The Americans defeated the Russians again 3-2 Friday to advance to the gold-medal game against Cadada.

No other nation has won a gold medal on its own soil. In fact, only one country has earned a medal of any kind at home -- Switzerland with bronze in 1928 and '48. That is mostly because traditional hockey powers have rarely served as hosts.

Canada's only home Olympics was in 1988, when it finished fourth, and the Soviets/Russians have never played host to a Winter Olympics. Neither have Sweden, Czechoslovakia or Finland.

On the road, Team USA has been respectable, though not nearly as successful.

In the 15 Olympiads on foreign lands, the U.S. has compiled five silvers, a bronze and a record of 50-37-9. Since 1972, though, the U.S. has had six lackluster performances on the road.

Gracious Hosts
How other countries have performed at home:
Country  Year  Record  Place  Top Finish 
 Japan  1998  0-2-1  13th  8th (1960) 
 Norway  1994  0-5  11th  8th (1972) 
 France  1992  2-6  8th  8th (1972) 
 Canada  1988  5-2-1  4th  1st (1920, '24, '28, '32, '48, '52) 
 Yugoslavia  1984  1-4  10th  T5th (1924, '28) 
 Austria  1976  3-2  8th  T5th (1928) 
 Japan  1972  2-1-1  9th  8th (1960) 
 France  1968  0-5  14th  8th (1972) 
 Austria  1964  3-3-1  13th  T5th (1928) 
 Italy  1956  3-1-2  7th  Same 
 Norway  1952  0-8  9th  8th (1972) 
 Switzerland  1948  6-2  3rd  3rd (1928, '48) 
 Germany  1936  3-2-1  T5th  3rd (1932, '76) 
 Switzerland  1928  2-2-1  3rd  3rd (1928, '48) 
 France  1924  1-2  T5th  8th (1972) 
 Belgium  1920  0-1  --  T7th (1924) 
 

 
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