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Kravchuk's medal collection impressive - Calgary Herald
By SCOTT CRUICKSHANK
Jarome Iginla, quite possibly tired of showing off his Olympic gold
medal, tried to good-naturedly deflect the attention elsewhere.
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."
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