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Vyacheslav Fetisov: Victory as Providence

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VO correspondent took a short interview with one of the greatest hockey players on the planet, a multiple world champion and Olympic champion, retired colonel of the Soviet Army Vyacheslav Fetisov. The conversation was about the performance of our hockey squad in Pkhenchkhane.




- Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich, how do you assess this victory? Frankly validolny match, overtime, a waterfall of emotions and the victory torn from the opponent's teeth ...

“I will say two things.” The first one. Despite the fact that the Germans had never before been trendsetters in hockey, one must understand that at the Olympics there are no weak opponents by definition. The second one. This historical victory occurred exactly one hundred years after the birth of the Red Army. One hundred years ago, the victorious procession of the German military machine, sweeping away all life in its path, was stopped by a handful of desperate brave men in gray overcoats. Amid the gathering chaos, they walked towards their victory - or their death. These soldiers may not have hoped for anything. Their life was not expensive, and they were ready to die. And they gave the Germans a fierce battle, for which they, intoxicated by an easy victory, were not ready. And the invaders faltered and rolled away. And it became clear to everyone that to beat an invincible enemy is possible and necessary. From that moment on, our History made a sharp turn.

A hundred years later, the Germans decided to take revenge - this time on the sports field of battle, on the ice, on the sports arena. And we are again in a fierce battle, on the verge (or beyond) of the possible won. And it is very significant that the youngest player in the Russian national team, Kirill Kaprizov, scored the winning goal in overtime. Is this not a sign of fate? And in general - the fate of this match was clearly decided somewhere in heaven. It was a real providence. I can’t explain this event to anyone else. The story was made before our eyes. Exactly one hundred years later, we again defeated the Germans. In America, immediately after such an event, they began to remove the epic thriller. There, anyone, the slightest success of his team - is a national sensation. And from this it immediately becomes the “great history of a great country,” as they say. We have no such tendency (or tradition), unfortunately. For a variety of reasons, our journalists often do not see a great event before them. They are chasing some likes on the site, the number of views, other momentary nonsense and trifle. Just to be in trend, as it is now fashionable to say. But the Olympics by their nature can not be in trend. This is the greatest historical event - and not only in the world of sports. And olympionics are not ordinary people, not earthly ones. These are, if you will, supermen, supermen, people who have managed to push the limits of human capabilities.

But any sports feat (I simply can’t find another word) needs appropriate verbal and visual design. Simply put, the hero needs glory - this is his social request. If it were not for Homer with his Iliad, would we ever know about the Trojan War? And now the world's coolest film companies are shooting wonderful thrillers on this historical plot. If it were not for Boris Field, the feat of Maresyev would also have been lost somewhere in history. And we are a wonderful film “Moving Up” about the sporting feats of our Olympians, who beat the American team that was unbeatable before in the finals of the Munich Olympics, only half a century later. That is half a century, our "patriotic" cinema was in a lethargic dream, without noticing an epic victory. Americans would make a whole series of thrillers out of this act.

We also missed the most beautiful historical moment when in 2008, at the World Hockey Championship, which took place - for a second - in Canada, after the 15-year recess, our team defeated Canadians and became world champion. The Canadians themselves called this finale a “dream final”. But only they had in mind their Canadian dream. And we had our own. From the very first seconds of the match, our opponents rushed to the attack - crush, crush, crush the Russians, trample them into Canadian ice. But the very first counter attack of our hockey players ended with a goal. Canadians lingered for long. And after our athletes were in the minority, meteor shower of pucks hit the goalkeeper Nabokov. The virtuosity with which he parried these throws is worthy of the Guinness Book of Records. A very powerful and accurate shot of Kovalchuk in overtime, the Canadian fans themselves called "instant death." And after a few seconds, Kovalchuk himself, in ecstatic ecstasy, shouted into the lenses of Russian cameras: “This is for you, Russia!”. Notice - no one forced him or asked him to do this. It was a beautiful impulse of a young soul, the call of his burning heart. And on the whole territory of our huge country - from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad - on this warm spring evening, firecrackers flew into the sky, beat fireworks, cars and hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets shouted together: “We are the champions!”. But then our media and masters of cinema (with very few exceptions) ignored this moment of ferocious serenity with this enticing victory, this is a nationwide jubilation. True, there is hope that in fifty years they will wake up from lethargic sleep and will be given another film masterpiece on the mountain - something like “Move up” or “Salyut-7”. And then it was not we, but our children, who learned about the feat that our hockey players made in Canada many years ago and, as the son of their country Ilya Kovalchuk, unable to cope with the emotions sweeping through him, shouted his congratulations to the camera.

And at the Olympics in Pkhenchkhane after the victorious shot of Kirill Kaprizov, I myself wanted to shout to all the cameras of the world: “This is for you, Russia!”. But I hope that someday someone will shout this phrase instead of me - from movie screens. And our descendants will learn about this sweet moment of entrancing glory, of which the great History of our Great country also consists.
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  1. aszzz888
    aszzz888 5 March 2018 06: 18
    +4
    From that moment on, our History made a sharp turn.

    And then the President's Message arrived in time. Merikatos fit to shoot both one at a time and in droves - so many lards were dumped in the trash. bully
    1. Ingvar 72
      Ingvar 72 5 March 2018 08: 10
      +8
      Quote: aszzz888
      so many lards were dumped in the trash.

      It's okay, they’ll print it. And we will make their candy wrappers legitimate, continuing to sell oil and gas for bucks, and investing in GKO. hi
      1. yehat
        yehat 5 March 2018 15: 18
        +1
        worse is another - now investments come with a negative rate.
    2. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 5 March 2018 11: 00
      +3
      This historic victory occurred exactly one hundred years after the birth of the Red Army.

      Recently I read - "And again, no one but Russia could stop the victorious march of the Germans!"
      Truly a landmark victory for hockey players!
      1. Stas157
        Stas157 5 March 2018 12: 42
        +11
        Quote: Starover_Z
        Recently I read - "And again, no one but Russia could stop the victorious march of the Germans!"
        Truly a landmark victory for hockey players!

        And what for Russia to defeat the Germans is already a landmark victory? The fact that the Germans got to second place (due to the lack of strong teams) - this is a landmark victory. For Russia, it would be a shame to lose to Germany, which has never been strong in hockey.
        The performance of Russia at the Olympics was the most disastrous in the history of the Olympic Games. They took all the unfortunate 2 medals, took the distant 13th place. But there is so much enthusiasm, as if we are really the first! And I don’t need to talk about good reasons - IOC, doping ... Nobody dragged to the Olympics by force. And that means you can judge "in all severity."
        1. zoolu350
          zoolu350 5 March 2018 14: 23
          +5
          At the winter olympiad 2018 not the Russian team played, but the Russian-speaking athletes under the white flag and in gray robes. Their performance, as you rightly noted, is a complete failure, but the media loyal to the oligarchy of the Russian Federation, as always, is trying to inflate the Great Victory out of isolated successes in order to hide the UNCONVENIENT HUMILITY of the country.
          1. emwave
            emwave 10 March 2018 15: 59
            0
            I can not agree with you. Despite all the poison in relation to Russia, our hockey players sang their anthem. What do you want if almost the whole world lies under the States?
            Our athletes are heroes.
        2. emwave
          emwave 10 March 2018 15: 57
          0
          Well ... the Germans played really well.
  2. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 5 March 2018 06: 44
    +7
    validol match

    Mycardial infarction.
    Here is such a scar.
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 5 March 2018 07: 32
      +3
      Uncle Lee Today, 06:44
      validol match
      Mycardial infarction.
      Here is such a scar.

      S.Yu. Yursky was in this role - just handsome !!! good
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 5 March 2018 07: 07
    +6
    An excellent historical parallel was drawn by Fetisov. I would like this "providence" to become an ordinary regularity.
  4. Vard
    Vard 5 March 2018 07: 49
    +1
    What can I say ... Young ones need to be advanced forward ... not to those from whom sand is pouring ...
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 5 March 2018 07: 58
      +7
      Fetisov, kept silence that we were “lucky” with the Americans, they put up a weak roster, so our team went well to the finals (victory inspires) ... and the Germans were never a “weak link” - this is a fact, there were always surprises from them as I remember. and they punished us more than once ...
      1. Vard
        Vard 5 March 2018 08: 00
        +7
        We were lucky ... that Ovechkin didn’t come with the company ... but how their students can be cut, we know that ... Lake Placid 1980 ...
      2. Buffet
        Buffet 5 March 2018 08: 07
        +14
        This is speculation. And if yes, if only. The Americans themselves are to blame for putting up such a composition. And the German team can only be thanked for the excellent game. And for the most part, clean, not like with Canada, Finland and other teams that play very dirty.
  5. Masya masya
    Masya masya 5 March 2018 07: 59
    +7
    It was real providence.

    With Russia, God and the blue sky
    He spread out two wings in defense,
    So that no evil in the world
    Could not bring to her knees!
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  7. VeteranVSSSR
    VeteranVSSSR 5 March 2018 10: 16
    +2
    Quote: Andrew Y.
    Fetisov, kept silence that we were “lucky” with the Americans, they put up a weak roster, so our team went well to the finals (victory inspires) ... and the Germans were never a “weak link” - this is a fact, there were always surprises from them as I remember. and they punished us more than once ...

    Yes ?, and the loss of the team of the Union of American students is fiction?
    Or is the win in the basketball team of the USSR from students from the United States still ,, movement up ''?
    ... and the FSE saw it with his own eyes, and that is a weak composition, stupid skates and a square puck ...
    1. yehat
      yehat 5 March 2018 15: 16
      +3
      let's here too without jokes! The US student basketball team is essentially the NBA rookie team. Have you forgotten how newcomers like Shaquille O Nill or Pippen played?
      As for hockey, besides the USA there are not a few strong teams.
  8. Altona
    Altona 5 March 2018 13: 36
    +6
    Our television media is a shame. It is difficult to find other words.
  9. Altona
    Altona 5 March 2018 13: 38
    +5
    Quote: Vard
    the fact that Ovechkin did not come with the company ...

    -------------------------
    Pontov threw a lot, balabol toothless, NHLovsky star.
  10. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 5 March 2018 13: 49
    +4
    Fetisov - a great player was, and now a good functionary. But pathos ... Hefty lads scored a few goals. Would you, uncle, leave comparisons with the victories of our army. It’s not a pretty hat, be so kind, do not jump up to a Russian warrior! I could not read, it is unpleasant.
  11. yehat
    yehat 5 March 2018 15: 12
    +4
    Fetisov did not write poorly, but it was not worthwhile to draw analogies with history, especially such unsuccessful ones.
    This victory is important in itself, without any connections, and I must say honestly, it pleased me much more than medals from figure skating or curling, because this is a team victory, this is how we can live together.
  12. VeteranVSSSR
    VeteranVSSSR 5 March 2018 16: 03
    -1
    Quote: yehat
    let's here too without jokes! The US student basketball team is essentially the NBA rookie team. Have you forgotten how newcomers like Shaquille O Nill or Pippen played?
    As for hockey, besides the USA there are not a few strong teams.

    and I have no jokes ... everyone is born equally naked, but ... the student team is the student team, who’s in hockey, what’s in the basket. I looked at the movie about “moving in ...”, but I didn’t see the game fired up on the double bass (there are no jeans and porn magazines they brought to the Union), but pistols are corny.
    And the question for everyone, do you name two / three last names of the German national team players in 2018? I personally don’t think of any name except Künchehel, though he played 30–35 years ago.
    It’s very easy to open a casket, and I’m sure that Fetisov knows about it. It’s just that the level of hockey has fallen a lot. You will soon see both the natives of Australia and New Zealand, the Indians of Peru and the shepherds of Argentina will play hockey.
  13. xtur
    xtur 5 March 2018 21: 33
    +1
    did Fetisov himself say all these words, or did they help him a little to shape his thoughts? Very wise and expressive, albeit with bitterness
  14. iouris
    iouris 6 March 2018 21: 42
    0
    The greatest jockey player along with Zhukov and Mutko failed the Olympics and anti-doping. Basically, they all have to leave. from sports leadership.
    1. Yura Yakovlev
      Yura Yakovlev 7 March 2018 18: 17
      0
      "The greatest jockey player, along with Zhukov and Mutko failed the Olympics and anti-doping"
      This is not all his merits. He seems to have sheltered Rodchenkov in RUSVADO.
  15. Bort radist
    Bort radist 7 March 2018 19: 34
    +1
    I remember how Fetisov, aged 18-19, appeared in the USSR national team. The first power reception and the Canadian were carried away on a stretcher. Ozerov - "Here is our young player, he still has a lot to learn ...." and almost on these words a click from the blue line, and GOAL! And how he returned to the national team after a fracture of the spine ......... All right, Vyacheslav said. Exactly! Immediately the trolls went mad. The Germans have long made their way into the elite of hockey, go their own way. This is a strong, athletic team. If they lacked anything, it is self-confidence. I think that after this Olympiad the five strongest teams will change.