By now, you know that Kris and I LOVE hockey. We are pretty hardcore fans, and we came into the Olympic Games with tickets to 9 hockey games. So far, we have been to SIX of them. Everyone of them has been so much fun! Almost as fun as the game are the die-hard fans that travel to these games from their home countries. They make the game that much more enjoyable. Face-paints, cowbells, flag-waving. It’s just amazing.
Finnish fans before the Finland/Belarus game
Russian fan before the Russia/Latvia game
German fans at Germany/Sweden game
Some friendly Americans (from NYC) that we met at the USA/Norway game
…and of course, the GAMES and the ATHLETES!
I found a great spot for photos down near the ice, and have been lucky to get some nice photographs of the players as they come out onto the ice.
Miikka Kiprasoff and Kimmo Timmonen – Team Finland
Sergei Kostitsyn – Team Belarus
Jaromir Jagr – Team Czech Republic
Team Russia salutes the fans after a big win over the Czechs
Team USA warming up before the game against Norway
I made some signs – the Team USA sign above and then a slightly more creative one for my favorite hockey player, Evgeni Malkin on Team Russia. His nickname is “Geno” so that was the inspiration behind this one:
…and what’s cooler than meeting up with other hockey-loving knitters at the Olympics? Brynna, Amy and I are all active on the Ravelry hockey forum Puck This! and we arranged meetups. Brynna and I met up to watch the first Canada game against Norway at a park with outdoor screens. Afterward, we headed to the Russia/Latvia game. It was great to meet her!
Amy and I both had tickets to the Sweden/Germany game and texted throughout the game and then met up afterward!
With a friendly blue-jacketed Olympic volunteer at the Canada Hockey Place arena
… More photos and stories to come…