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March 1, 2002 
Kravchuk's medal collection impressive - Calgary Herald


Jarome Iginla, quite possibly tired of showing off his Olympic gold medal, tried to good-naturedly deflect the attention elsewhere. 
Backed into a corner by media the other day in the Calgary Flames dressing room and clutching his hard-earned keepsake in his right hand, Iginla spouted, "What we'd all like to see is Igor Kravchuk's collection."

Actually, he makes a very good point.

Lost in the Jarome-mania is Kravchuk's accomplishment.

The Flames defenceman is the NHL's most-decorated Olympian, and that was before his latest medal-mining trip to the Winter Games.

Russia's bronze medal from Salt Lake City runs Kravchuk's personal total to four, including two golds (1988, 1992) and a silver (1998).

"Each and every Olympic Games is unique. You play with different people in each Olympics. You can't really compare," said Kravchuk. "It's very unpredictable. It's very surprising. This is probably the best tournament I ever played in. I don't know if it'll ever get played again; there was a lot of controversy around this one."
Kravchuk had been a last-minute addition to the Russian side. When Dmitry Yushkevich of the Toronto Maple Leafs was sidelined indefinitely with a blood clot in his leg, Kravchuk got the invitation.

As happy as he was to be included, the 35-year-old guessed that he'd be used sparingly.

Not so, as it turned out.

"I didn't know they were going to go with seven defencemen," said Kravchuk, who dressed for every game and was partnered up with Oleg Tverdovsky and Sergei Gonchar.

His inclusion also meant that, including the Flames' final two games before the Olympic break, Kravchuk suited up for four games in five nights.

Surely, that must be hard on a player, no matter the age.

"What do you think?" snapped Kravchuk, who didn't skate or practise Wednesday.

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