A week ago, the participation of the U.S. women’s hockey team in the IIHF World Championship was uncertain, as they were struggling through contract negotiations with USA Hockey in hopes of ensuring equitable pay and treatment. But two days before the tournament started, the sides reached an agreement. Now, after…
If you’re still coming to terms with the fact that people run around with brooms between their legs and call it quidditch, you might want to sit down for this next bit of news: Teens in Finland are participating in equestrian events on hobbyhorses, and they are taking these events very seriously.
Finnish weightlifter Milko Tokola was very excited after successfully clean-and-jerking 175 kilograms today—so excited that he passed out:
Having a new baby sounds, to put it lightly, terrifying. I imagine this is especially true at first, when particularly helpless infants are sent home with necessarily inexperienced parents. Baby-wise friends and family members can help, but it’s still pretty dangerous to put a total neophyte—like you, for example—in…
Remember Freddy Adu? Remember the guy that was supposed to save American soccer? Four months ago he signed with Kuopion Palloseura, in the Finnish first division. They’re the eleventh team the still-somehow-only-26-year-old Adu has played for: D.C. United —> Real Salt Lake —> Benfica —> AS Monaco —> Belenenses…
Sportsnet has a cool profile of Antti Makinen, who calls NHL games live, alone, at 2 a.m. in Finland. He is in the United States to call the Stanley Cup Finals in person though, and got to bellow countryman Teuvo Taravainen’s name when he scored the game-tying goal in Game 1. [Sportsnet]
There is no sweeter song extolling the virtues of a promotion fight than this Finnish announcer's guttural screams of pure delight after FC Santa Claus scored the deciding goal, guaranteeing them a spot in the third tier next season. Quick, someone give Fox Soccer this guy's number.
Teuvo Teravainen (No. 24) attempting to leap over the door of the Finland bench was mildly amusing at first, until it turned out to be only the beginning of a hilarious and horrendous line change by Finland's hockey team during a game against the Czech Republic.
Keep an eye on the woman in the No. 33 white jersey, who gets knocked down by her defender near the free-throw line at the start of the video. After getting up and running down to the other end of the court, she calmly turns toward her opponent and unleashes a vicious sucker punch.
Yes, drink it in. Sad Dmitry Medvedev and sad Vladimir Putin will be one of the enduring images of hockey at these Olympics, given Russia's quarterfinal exit at the hands of the Finns. But despite the photo rocketing around the internet right now, just know that it was actually taken Sunday, during Russia's shootout…
Earlier, we brought you a Doc Emrick-less version of all the goals scored in the Stanley Cup Finals. This is also Emrick-less, but we can make it up to you: it's the final two goals as called by Finnish broadcasters Antti Mäkinen and Jani Alkio.
After supposedly "returning" from the Finnish SM-Liiga, Kyle Turris complained about his lockout home to The Globe and Mail, in just the latest of a few such stories to come out recently. The Globe and Mail piece covered the usual stuff: the food sucked, the travel sucked, "they spoke a different language."
That's Iiro Vehmanen of TuTo during a Finnish Metsis League game earlier this week. Be sure to listen to the audio, too. Twice, the announcer throws a "Rocky Balboa" out there in between a bunch of Finnish words. Our thoughts exactly. This has been your Deadspin pre-NHL lockout hockey highlight.
Reasonable hockey fans have spent much of the past week sticking up for Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn of the Nashville Predators. Barry Trotz benched both forwards for game three of the Western Conference semifinals after they missed curfew, and then he benched them again for game four. It seemed like Trotz's…
The finals of the annual Sauna Championships in Finland went horribly wrong, with the Russian competitor dying after suffering severe burns from withstanding 230-degree temperatures for six minutes. The Finn retained his title by only having to go to the hospital. [BBC]
The only thing that stands between us and a gold medal rematch with the Canadians is Finland, the Canada of Europe. Try out your umlauts and doubled vowels in the comments.
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