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Larionov on Olympics: ‘Hockey is the main event’

Feb 17, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

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We’re focused on hockey here, but the Winter Olympics have more than just that going on for it. With the number of other big sports and events, sometimes we get a little caught up in our own thing, but Hockey Hall of Famer and Russian legend Igor Larionov says it begins and ends with hockey in Sochi.

In an interview with SophieCo in Russia, Larionov says the rest of the events in the Olympics can’t hold a candle to ice hockey.

“I mean, the hockey is the main event – I don’t care what anybody says about figure skating and all in that respect, and other sports, but hockey – because you got so many superstars coming to play and they play against each other, so it’s not every time you can see top teams from around the world playing. It’s like a World Cup of soccer. But this is NHL players coming and playing especially at Olympics, and for the players to come and play and to be proud for their country, so I think it’s kind of historic event for the players because of that.”

The Olympics always create stars in other sports. Such is the case in figure skating, bobsled, and skiing, but the superstars come into hockey prepackaged.

Fans of other sports might call Larionov biased since he comes from, and is a player agent in, hockey but it’s not unlike NBA talent in basketball in the Summer Olympics.

That said, having NHL players in Olympic hockey in Russia turns the players into rock stars of sorts given how hockey-mad the country is. That kind of status causes those involved in some of those other sports, as Puck Daddy shares, to sound off in a fit of jealousy.

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Hockey is the ONLY sport, winter or summer, that I care to watch. So i guess that means I agree.

    And btw, USA, USA, USA!!!

  2. capsrockva - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    TJ Oshie became a household name over the weekend

  3. opattytheirishrover - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    “Did the scoreboard really not show final score” was the most googled phrase. A close second to “how to deport justin bieber”.

    • blomfeld - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      don’t forget ‘don’t tase me bro” ! :)

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