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Forsberg backs off claim that Sweden threw a game in 2006 Olympics

Dec 21, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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Peter Forsberg really should’ve thought twice about admitting Sweden threw a game in the 2006 Olympics. The amount of blow back and outrage from some fans for the rather unsportsmanlike display has painted Forsberg and the Swedes in a negative light.

That’s why Forsberg is stepping back from his claims and saying he was taken out of context.

“What I meant to say was that even for someone like me, with a winning mentality, it is sometimes difficult to find full motivation for a match that doesn’t have to be won at any cost,” Forsberg said.

Backpedaling that hard, that fast could help you travel backwards in time.

In a report that aired over the weekend in Sweden, Forsberg said that he saw no reason for Sweden to beat Slovakia and that while coaches didn’t tell them to tank the game, the players may have taken it upon themselves to do it anyhow. A win over Slovakia would’ve put the Swedes against Canada or Russia in the next round. Instead, they got Switzerland on their way to winning gold.

To paint the picture for you, that 2006 Sweden team had Forsberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Mats Sundin as well as Henrik and Daniel Sedin among other superstars. Henrik Sedin denied the allegation that they threw the game. Slovakia wasn’t exactly as talent-laden featuring Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara, and Marian Gaborik among others.

  1. anotheryx - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Mah, Chara vs Sedin Sisters… it is plausible at least.

  2. canucks18 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    First thing anotheryx the sisters thing is pathetic so stop recycling pathetic jokes…
    Second thing is that if you are or ever have been an athlete you’d know that this concept of not “having” to win plays with your mind and when’s the last time ANY of you put 100% effort into anything that wasn’t absolutely neccessary??? That’s right so everyone should get off that high horse they like to sit I and come back to reality! Stop making shit more of a “story” than it needs to be… Get some perspective people

    • greynraney - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      You must still be bitter over the Sedin “sisters” choking in the Finals – And Forsberg has always been a douche anyway.

    • blomfeld - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      The fact of the matter is that you can’t get two more decent, talented and humble men than the Sedin brothers … and yet the “sisters” label remains as funny today, as it was 10 years ago ! :) … the irony however, is that the “thugs and arsonists” who wear Sedin jerseys here in Vancouver, make about as much sense as convicted felons dressing up like Mother Teresa, or US Marines dressing up like Liberace … it’s disrespectful and it’s completely erroneous …

  3. neelymessier - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Not having to win ROTFLMAO!! They wanted the easiest path to the Gold, and took it.

  4. neelymessier - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Forsberg wouldn’t be backing off his statement unless he realized how sad it came across.

  5. noulp - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Who wouldn’t tank that game?

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