...i hope you guys don't get bored with the Lundqvist equipment posts. I know I mention it all the time, but being a former goaltender I'm always fascinated when he unveils something new.
...the only thing I'm hoping these pads help Lundqvist do is stay healthy.
Speaking of Lundqvist and the Olympics, the Swedish netminder says he will not bring his family with him to the Olympics becuase of security concerns in Sochi (via New York Post)...
“It is a few different things,” Lundqvist said. “Security is one of them, but I don’t know how things are going to be set up for families over there.
“So I’m not going to have anyone there with me. I think it is better that way.”
...i'm no security expert, but from all the reports coming out of Russia, I wouldn't go to the Olympics if someone paid for my entire trip. So, I completely agree with Lundqvist's decision here.
...can only hope and pray nothing happens.
Aclient of mine is one of the men heading up the US security, he was also at the london olympics . he tells me besides all the potential threats. the russian govt doesnt let them do anything outside the village w/o their permission. the biggest problem protecting the US citizens is putin not the threats themselves. he says that putin is so paranoid that they cant protect the olympics he hindering all the other security deytails of the other countries. so the advise given by state dept is if you go stay in your hotel till you have to go to your vrnueor your at your own risk. so they suggest that you do not go for your own safety. this sucks as most families relish seeing their kids rep the country. Russia is one fucked up place
The biggest thing for a lot of these athletes is that the security given by any given country only applies in the Olympic Village and arenas. Families aren't subject to the same protection. They stay at the same hotels, eat at the same restaurants, and use the same transportation as everyone else, so the risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time greatly increases.
Hedonism aside, for some of these athletes, the Olympics are the payoff for years (if not a lifetime) of dedication to training and preparing. If I were an athlete getting ready for the biggest moment of my life, I wouldn't want to be distracted by the worry that could creep in to your head about the safety of your family, or the panic and responsibility if (god for bid) something did happen.
As a former goalie, I like the equipment posts. It's amazing to see how far equipment technology has come since I first started playing goal in...'87 or so, to when I played juniors in 97, to now with all the synthetic and ultra lightweight materials. I read an article earlier this season about how Hank's skates are only 500g (~1.1 pounds) and about 30% lighter than the shares of any other NHL goalie. My Bauer 3000s back in the day were probably 3-4 pounds each.
these Bauer Odin products are going to change the look of hockey. check out there site. the whole line looks sick!!!
Uh call me cynical but I believe he is not bringing the family for other reasons.....the Olympics is hedonism for world class athletes. What happens in Sochi....
Your goalie equipment posts are fine, but then again I get made fun of for being obsessed as well. In my defense I also played in net.
@TheNYRBlog Kev, do you know if those are the bigger sized pads (previous to this year's smaller NHL pads)?
@TheNYRBlog your boy Mashinter netted the game winner for Rockford last night. I cursed you when he scored.
especially if you're an athlete who "needs" the olympics to solidify your financial future, unlike the hockey players.
yeah...amazing how far hockey equipment has come since I played in the 90s, and I was wearing what was considered top of the line back then! (CCM Supra, Easton aluminum sticks, etc)
I also would not go if given a full package as kevin said.
Especially if i had a 18 month kid in tow.
But yeah, i agree on olympic hook ups, for the lack of a better word.
@therod730 Hank tweeted out pics of all his pads & Olympic ones did seem bigger.
I think it applies more to the other sports that are one time events, rather than hockey (not defending anyone, just saying) where you're playing every day, or every other day, for almost the full 2 weeks. For most of these athletes, they've been training for years, working every day, watching what they eat, sticking to a schedule all for this one moment. You can be sure if on Day #2 of the Olympics it all pays off with a gold medal, you're going to spend the next 2 weeks living it up. I've read stuff before about the Olympic Village just being one big drunken, sex-fueled party. For some of these atheltes in individual events, this may be the first time they're free of their "team", surrounded by other athletes who understand what it takes to get to this level. Can't blame them for letting loose.
@TheNYRBlog ok thanks! I figured the smaller pads were an NHL thing, not Olympics