The U.S. and Canada will face off in the IIHF women’s hockey world championships for the fifteenth time in fifteen tournaments. Yes, that’s all of them, prompting some to wonder if the sport might get tossed from future Olympic Games for a lack of competition from other nations.
One of those people was current IOC president Jacques Rogge, who said after the 2010 gold medal game in Vancouver (not surprisingly between the U.S. and Canada) that “we cannot continue without improvement.” But IIHF President Rene Fasel said he doesn’t think the sport is at risk:
“I don’t think there will be a problem there,” Fasel told reporters at the women’s world championship. “I cannot imagine that an IOC president would kick women’s hockey out of the program. I can’t imagine that. But you never know. They kicked wrestling out, so…”
The U.S. and Canada have also gone toe-to-toe at all but one Olympic gold medal final, which has obviously created an exciting rivalry for the bordering nations, but ruined the interest of countries like Switzerland, which lost by a combined 18-0 in their preliminary games against the two teams.
“Our goal is to be more competitive in [South] Korea in 2018,” Fasel added. “We need that time to go there.”
Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.
In the clip below, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.
Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.
VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics
NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.
The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.
The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.
The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).
From NBC Sports Group:
Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.
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