In May of 2018 I had a chance to visit the amazing Lisbon. We stayed in a hotel called TheHouse near the Jardim da Estrela park. One of the great features of this hotel is access to a roof terrace. While I believe many places in this city allow this, it was the first time I have seen anything like this.
Nagano 1998 is the first Winter Olympics that I remember watching on TV. Before that I was too young to understand sports. But this time it was properly heated up by the media because of all the NHL stars coming to play for national teams. I took the bait.
I remember team Russia nailing every opponent, even defeating Czech Republic in the round robin with a miraculous comeback from 1-0 to 1-2 in the last moment. I was amazed at how well it went, it seemed to me that the Russian hockey team was unstoppable.
Because I was a school kid back then, I couldn’t stay up late to see the games live, I would wait until they are shown in recording the day after. I remember calling my granddad to ask about the finals, and he just told me calmly: “Wait ’til you see it for yourself.”
The final was such a blow to me. Can you imagine that it was the first time I have seen my favourite team lose? And it was the gold medal game of the most prestigious hockey tournament in the world!
I have been waiting for Russia to win gold ever since. I have been granted my wish only 20 years later 🙂
But now looking back at it all, I can see that it must have been such a huge moment for the Czech team. Especially now that I know the back story of Czechoslovakia-USSR relationships. So my schoolboy feelings aside, this looks like a very very impressive documentary about the Czech victory, give it a shot.
To tell you a little bit more about the previous post on this blog I decided to post more pictures of that fountain. The place is called The Singing Fountains, and it’s a great sight. I fear the photos don’t give enough justice to how beautiful it really is. But still, take a look!