RUSSIANS FAILED TO BECOME A TEAM!

An elite athlete is often best judged on how he or she reacts to adversity. A fall or a loss doesn’t define the competitor or a team. How they react after a fall determines their real value.
The Russian Hockey team is one example of the failure to use adversity as a motivator in the 2014 Olympics.
Yes, they were the victim of a very bad call against the Americans in the preliminary round in their 3-2 shoot-out defeat. They had taken the lead late in the game to see their goal turned back because the net was off its moorings. It was a good goal, it should have been a good goal but it wasn’t, based on international rules. To make matters worse, Americans goalie Jonathan Quick deliberately pushed the net off when he moved from his right to his left and should have been called for a delay of game penalty. There’s no doubt that Quick dislodged the net deliberately with his left arm.
The Soviets had a valid reason to be angry and complain of unfairness. The outcome of that game and of the rest of the tournament could have been much different. But Sports Competitions are not always fair. There are lots of times when you need to bite the bullet and move on.
The Russians never became a team in these Olympic Competitions. Stacked with many individual highly skilled Stars, they failed to rally around their adversity and their home advantage. Was there too much pressure to perform in front of their fans and Countrymen?
Olympian medalists perform under tremendous pressure. They compete against the best in the world and win or lose by fractions of seconds or points. The stakes are high and those who raise their performance regardless of what happens around them, fair or not, are those who proudly stand on the podium.
The Russian National Hockey team must blame themselves. They fell but didn’t get up ready to fight as a team.
HAVE A GREAT HOCKEY DAY!
PHIL MYRE (www.philmyretalkshockey.com)

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