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News items about the Olympic Games

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At last, Toronto is on our side!


Published by the London Sporting & Dramatic News - a very interesting combination of topics.


Olympic participants were still gentlemen, not achievement-driven athletes.


Published only a few weeks before the Games, not years before,
and announced by the Belgian Consul, not the Olympic Committee


This was the publicity, only a few weeks before the Games began.


Now the Falcons are officially on their way.




The American team was delayed at sea due to bad weather,
the games were postponed and the events pushed together.
The Falcons were still at sea while all this occurred.


After nine days at sea, they arrive in Liverpool,
where several of the team members had also landed
in April 1917 on their way to the war.




The team arrived in London with some fanfare,


impressing the English press with their achievements. "Why can't Britain do this?"


After four days in England and in transit,
the team arrived in Belgium.


The team's equipment was held up by Belgian customs,
for some reason.


The Swedish team had been playing bandy, rather than hockey as we know it now.


In the four days which became free because of the American team's delay
the Falcons found time to raise money for charity,


and to coach their European opponents up to some better level of play.
Also, time to fit in an excellent lunch provided by the Canadian Pacific Ocean Services
on board the steamship Scotian.

However, time ran out and the Games began.




Here's the first game, Sweden vs. Belgium, played
at nine PM when the ice would be harder,


which Sweden easily won.


Here's how loyal Winnipeg fans found out how the games were going.


On Sunday April 25th at 5 PM, the Americans swamped the Swiss with the very unsporting score of 29 goals to nil.
This was probably not much more than a good practice workout for the American team.
  

The Canada-United States game played at 9 PM on the 25th really was the big event
of the Olympiade, packing in the fans, with squads of soldiers for crowd control.


And the most exciting game for the gold medal, played at 10 PM on Monday April 26th.
Nowadays, ideal for TV broadcasting to North America.
In 1920, only the telegraph line provided "real-time" news
between Antwerp and Toronto.






The last game, to decide 2nd place was played two days later at 10 PM.




All this under the eagle eyes of the Hewitts, their "official chaperones."


There you have it, 29 goals for and one special one goal against.
The world's first Olympic hockey champions.


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