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Tretiak’s Triumphant Ending

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While the final seconds wane in Sarajevo, defenseman SERGEI STARIKOV (12), the man whose glaring mistake paved the way for the most colossal upset in all of sport, circles and stoops to scoop the puck at the Soviet goal line. With time expired, the balance of the USSR national team empty the bench and flock their puck tamer, VLADISLAV TRETIAK (20). As the uncharacteristic smiles on the Soviet players’ faces might indicate, gone are the ghosts of Lake Placid past as Czechoslovakia fall 2-0 on the final day at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo :

The final 2:30 of the 1984 Gold Medal Match :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9mkRTShz18

The USSR collected its sixth gold medal at Sarajevo in 1984 since joining the Olympic movement twenty-eight years earlier. The latest Soviet triumph resulted in a third Olympic gold medal for Tretiak and placed the 31-year-old in very select company. The CSKA Moscow goaltender became just the fifth player ever, all from the USSR, to be awarded three gold medals for ice hockey at the Winter Games.

Two bad goals surrendered in twenty minutes had earned Tretiak a seat on the bench after the first period of the USSR’s dramatic 4-3 loss to the United States at the 1980 Olympics. After the match, as was to be expected, much criticism had been directed at Tretiak’s play between the pipes. Although Tretiak backstopped the Soviets to three IIHF World Championships and a Canada Cup trophy against the very best of the National Hockey League following the Lake Placid debacle, there could only be one way to completely redeem himself for the greater glory of the Soviet Union.

Like his countryman NIKOLAI PUCHKOV at Cortina many years earlier, Tretiak turned in clean sheets for the Soviets’ final two matches with blankings of Canada and Czechoslovkia in the medal round at Sarajevo. Although Tretiak’s appearance in Yugoslavia was his fourth at the Winter Games, the goose eggs were the first two solo shutouts of the veteran’s 19-game Olympic career.

Tretiak, who ended his active playing career after the season, allowed only one goal in each of his other four games at Sarajevo and finished with a sparkling 0.67 goals-against-average at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.

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Konovalenko Completes Olympic Career

Goaltender VIKTOR KONOVALENKO was a rarity among USSR internationals in that he did not play for a Moscow-based club at some point. Konovalenko spent his entire career in the Soviet elite league tending the nets for his hometown Torpedo Gorky.

Goaltender VIKTOR KONOVALENKO was a rarity among USSR internationals in that he did not play for a Moscow-based club at some point. Konovalenko spent his entire career in the Soviet elite league tending the nets for his hometown Torpedo Gorky.

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The final four seconds tick of the clock at LE STADE DE GLACE in the French Alps. Shortly, the Soviet Union will repeat as Olympic champions at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble.

With the contest’s conclusion, the whole of the Soviet squad rush to congratulate USSR goaltender VIKTOR KONOVALENKO. Konovalenko stopped 25 shots in the 5-0 victory over Canada in the tournament’s final match. In keeping with a Russian tradition, the Soviet skaters surround the two-time Olympic champion goaltender and toss him into the air :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k70SxeBJhPg&feature=related.

Konovalenko had been beaten for five goals by Czechoslovakia in the Soviets’ preceding match, which the USSR lost to their Warsaw Pact rivals. The Czechoslovaks, however, could only muster a 2-2 draw with Sweden on the final day of play at Grenoble.  This left the the door open for the Soviet Union to claim the gold medal with a victory over Canada.

Konovalenko and the Soviets gratefully made the most of their second chance.

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Lake Placid ’80 : Baker’s Big Goal Salvages Sweden

BILL BAKER fires a shot for the University of Minnesota against their in-state rivals, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, in WCHA play. Baker was an All-American defenseman for the Golden Gophers his senior season of 1978-79 and represented the United States at the 1979 IIHF World Championships in Moscow.

BILL BAKER fires a shot for the University of Minnesota against their in-state rivals, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, in WCHA play. Baker was an All-American defenseman for the Golden Gophers his senior season of 1978-79 and represented the United States at the 1979 IIHF World Championships in Moscow.

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The UNITED STATES goaltender is seated with the rest of the blue shirts on the end of the bench.

The American net is left unguarded, lifted in favor off an extra skater with the upcoming faceoff at the other end.

Forty-one seconds remain in the match with SWEDEN, which comes a day before the official opening ceremony of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York.

Although the United States win the draw, the shot from the point is blocked by a sliding Swede. After the puck is sent along the boards behind the net, Sweden, indeed, have their chance to clear. The University of Minnesota-Duluth’s MARK PAVELICH steals the disc, however, and delivers a pass to the top of the slot : 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUrIcAxUEa0&feature=related

The University of Minnesota’s BILL BAKER is on hand to hammer the puck past a partially-screened PELLE LINDBERGH in the Swedish goal to lift the United States level at 2-2.

For the Americans, the tie felt more like a victory.

United States coach HERB BROOKS had calculated prior to the tournament that the squad would require two points from its first two Blue Division matches with Sweden and Czechoslovakia in order to have any real opportunity to advance to the medal round.

The United States entered the 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid seeded seventh out of twelve teams; Sweden were ranked third.

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Albertville ’92 : Shootout – Lindros / Puck On Line

18-year-old ERIC LINDROS finished tied for fourth place in scoring at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, with 11 points (5 go 6 as) in eight games. Lindros had been drafted number one overall by the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League, but chose to compete for Canada at the Olympics instead and sparked controversy.

18-year-old ERIC LINDROS finished tied for fourth place in scoring at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, with 11 points (5 go 6 as) in eight games. Lindros had been drafted number one overall by the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League, but chose to compete for Canada at the Olympics instead and sparked controversy.

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The ice hockey competition was changed to a playoff-style, elimination format for medals from a quarterfinal stage onwards at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games at Albertville, France. Naturally, the very first round of knockout competition for medals at the Olympics necessitated a penalty shot shootout to determine a winner for one of the quarterfinal matches. CANADA and GERMANY made for ironic history-makers, however.

Canada had arrived at the quarterfinals top-seeded from Group B with four wins and one loss in the preliminary round-robin; Germany finished fourth out of six teams in Group A with a record of two wins and three losses.

Canada controlled play overall and outshot the Germans 36-21 for the contest but, critically, did have three goals disallowed by Finnish referee SEPPO MAKELA. In the third period, defenseman KEVIN DAHL’s deflected slapshot changes course a few times through the maze of players to intially put Canada ahead with six minutes to go in the game. But, Germany’s ERNST KOEPF of EC Koeln deflects a puck past Canada goalie SEAN BURKE to produce a 3-3 draw with 2:22 left.

On the heels of a ten-minute overtime period which sees the third apparent Canadian goal overturned it was off to a penalty shot shootout :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wFPPrA2-Vg&feature=related

Shooters In Clip

  • 17 GER – Gerd TRUNTSCHKA — no goal
  • 16 CAN – Wally SCHREIBER — GOAL
  • 26 GER – Michael RUMRICH — GOAL
  •   9 CAN – Joe JUNEAU — no goal
  • 29 GER – Andreas BROCKMANN — GOAL

Of course, each team finished their guaranteed five shots with two goals apiece, JASON WOOLLEY’s shootout success not being shown on the clip presented.

So, sudden-death for the shootout was required. Unlike at soccer’s World Cup, players who had shot before were permitted to try again. ERIC LINDROS (88), who failed on his first attempt, made the most of his second against German goaltender HELMUT DE RAAF.

Needing a goal, Germany’s PETER DRAISAITL (20) sent a shot which somehow popped out the back of Burke’s pads. Bouncing on edge and rolling ever closer to the goal line, the puck flops and dies square on the goal line.

The whole puck having not crossed the goal line — no goal signals the referee Makela.

Canada advance to the semifinals; Germany are out.

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“That was the most dramatic finish I have ever seen to an international match,” German forward GEORG HOLZMANN was quoted as saying in the New York Times.

“We might have won.”

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Albertville ’92 : Bykov Buries Canada

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The old CCCP logo was missing from the red sweaters but the same skill and proficiency at the game of ice hockey was still there.

Less than two minutes remain in the Gold Medal Match at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, and the Canadians are desperate to level the score trailing by a single goal.

After finally gaining control of the puck, Canada start up the left wing with ERIC LINDROS (88), the Quebec Nordiques’ number one overall selection at the 1991 National Hockey Leage Draft, in possesion. Just past the blueline, however, the big 18-year-old has his backhand pass broken up by another Quebec draft pick (1989, 9th round), Unified Team center VYACHESLAV BYKOV (27). 

After receiving a drop pass from his teammate with HC Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland’s Nationalliga A, ANDREI KHOMUTOV (15), the diminutive Bykov cruises into the slot between the circles and uncorks a serious slapshot that whistles past Canadian goaltender SEAN BURKE’s glove :  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI9tzy8sOOw

Bykov’s goal caps a 3-1 victory for the Unified Team and continued Canada’s 40-year gold medal drought at the Winter Olympic Games.

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Squaw Valley ’60 : Christian Shoots Down Soviets

United States forward BILL CHRISTIAN shoots the puck past Soviet Union goalkeeper NIKOLAI PUSHKOV with five minutes remaining in the third period for the winning goal in the American's 3-2 upset victory over the USSR at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley, California.

United States forward BILL CHRISTIAN shoots the puck past Soviet Union goalkeeper NIKOLAI PUSHKOV with five minutes remaining in the third period for the winning goal in the American's 3-2 upset victory over the USSR at the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley, California.

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“Tommy had knocked the puck out of the corner and Roger took a shot…I was getting shoved around in front of the net…The puck came out, and I put it back in.”

’60 Olympic hero BILL CHRISTIAN — “The First Miracle On Ice” by Kevin Allen

In front of a jampacked crowd at open-air Blyth Arena in Squaw Valley as well as a national television audience on a Saturday afternoon, 19-year-old TOMMY WILLIAMS picks up a loose puck to the left of USSR goaltender NIKOLAI PUCHKOV. The youngest of the American squad and the only Squaw Valley U.S.A. Olympian to claim a future regular National Hockey League place circles and starts along the boards behind the Soviet net. Confronted by a defender, Williams centers the puck.

ROGER CHRISTIAN, having assumed a dangerous position in the slot, sweeps the puck at Puchkov’s goal with his first touch.

Puchkov stops Roger’s shot but, although apparently covered by a USSR defender in front, brother Bill, the smallest of the U.S. players, is able to locate the disc and deposit such in the Soviet Union goal :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdUsoyZy2aA&feature=PlayList&p=39223EECA14DEC79&index=0

Bill Christian’s second strike of the game gives the United States a 3-2 lead with 5:01 to go in the third period. 

The Soviets would make serious efforts to tie the score for the remainder of the contest. But former University of Minnesota goaltender JACK MCCARTAN, who had turned aside 38 shots in the United States’ 2-1 upset of Canada two days earlier, would not oblige. With the partisan crowd firmly behind him, McCartan finishes with twenty-five saves against the USSR.

And, thus, the Soviet Union fall to the United States for the first time at a major international ice hockey tournament.

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“Perhaps we would have won on a neutral rink, but naturally it is the right of spectators to cheer their team as much as they can and we just had to bear that handicap.”

NIKOLAI ROMANOV, Soviet Minister of Sport in attendance at Squaw Valley

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Grenoble ’68 : Firsov Finishes Canada

ANATOLI FIRSOV (11) scores a spectacular goal, his second of the game, as the USSR shutout Canada 5-0 in the final match of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games at Grenoble, France.

ANATOLI FIRSOV (11) scores a spectacular goal, his second of the game, as the USSR shutout Canada 5-0 in the final match of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games at Grenoble, France.

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As lightning-fast a piece of fakery if not as skillful a piece of stickwork as can be found.

Receiving the feed from center VIKTOR POLUPANOV (17) on the forehand to the left of the Canadian goal, the right-handed shooting ANATOLI FIRSOV (11) and his backhand-to-forehand trick completely befuddles Maple Leafed goaltender KEN BRODERICK.

With Broderick literally frozen stiff, the Soviet legend returns to the backhand in the blink of an eye and buries the puck in the back of the net for the game’s final goal as the USSR blank Canada 5-0 on the final day of the ice hockey competition at the 1968 Winter Olympics :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf56X2NT1Ug

Both Canada and the Soviet Union had come into the very last match of the ’68 Grenoble Games sporting records of five wins and one loss for ten points. Czechoslovakia, perhaps emotionally exhausted following their 5-4 upset of the USSR in their last match, could only draw 2-2 with Sweden in their end game and, thus, finished with 11 points (5 W, 1 L, 1 T). This development turned the Canada – Soviet Union finale into the de facto Gold Medal Game.

Firsov, who ended up the on top with 12 goals at Grenoble and earned both a media All-Star selection as well as the award for Best Forward given by the International Ice Hockey Federation Directorate, wasted little time stamping his authority on the match with Canada.

After Soviet winger VLADIMIR VIKULOV (12), who led all players at the Grenoble Games with 10 assists, busts a move at the Canadian blueline and storms down the right to center the puck, it is Firsov who appears in the slot to one-time the puck past the hapless Broderick with a snap-shot :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pCukYr0HpA&feature=related

EVGENY MISHAKOV, VYACHESLAV STARSHINOV and EVGENY ZIMIN accounted for the other Soviet scores in between Firsov’s book-end goals against Canada at Grenoble, for the record.

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Nagano ’98 : Bure Rockets Russians Past Finns

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On no less a stage than the semi-finals at the Nagano Games of 1998, Russian captain PAVEL BURE accomplished a feat that, amazingly enough, no player from the old Soviet powerhouse teams of the past had ever achieved.

Five goals in an Olympic contest.

Any questions with respect to why Bure was referred to as the Russian Rocket will find answers in the following footage of that game versus Finland in Japan; three of Bure’s five goals against Finnish goalie JARMO MYLLYS are the result of clean breakaways from center ice.

The game itself is noteworthy, as well. After Bure had personally given Russia a 3-0 lead, it is the Finns who rally to pull even at three from TEEMU SELANNE. Finland again fall down a goal but are rescued by SAKU KOIVU before the Russians go ahead for good via the skate of ANDREI KOVALENKO.

Bure’s third breakaway and, later, an empty-netter seals the deal as Russia triumphs 7-4 in a high-scoring affair : 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL_p_kMMc5E

Bure, the Russian captain at Nagano, ended the 1998 Winter Olympics as tournament top shot with nine goals in six games.

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Lillehammer ’94 : Forsberg’s Phenomenal Golden Goal

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One of the most dramatic and pressure-packed goals in the annals of the ice hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics coincided with the Gold Medal Match between Canada and Sweden at the 1994 Lillehammer Games in Norway. 

After MAGNUS SVENSSON (8) scored on a blast for Sweden from the point on the power play with less than two minutes remaining, the game itself ended in a 2-2 draw. Ten minutes of overtime produced nothing and so a shootout was required to resolve matters. Even after five rounds of a shootout, which included a goal by the defenseman Svensson, the score still stood deadlocked.

And so in the seventh round up stepped Sweden’s PETER FORSBERG (21). The 20-year-old Mo Do Ornskoldsvik star, who had provided Svensson the drop pass for his tying-goal and also had already tallied in the shootout’s first round, promptly secured his name in the Olympic history books with a most spectacular and skillful one-handed goal that defies description :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3yNIuoUjfk

Another “live” television broadcast view of Forsberg’s golden goal opposite Canadian netminder COREY HIRSCH, this interesting footage shot from behind the goal. 

Also including in this clip is the Canadian second round follow-up attempt from PAUL KARIYA, who had scored to put Canada ahead 2-1 in the third period of regulation play. Again from vantage point of behind the goal, the University of Maine All-America’s shot is turned away as Sweden goalie TOMMY SALO goes down early and stacks his pads :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5sEzu1njoA&feature=related

Sweden celebrated the first Olympic gold medal in their country’s history with the triumph at Lillehammer in 1994 and, ultimately, Forsberg’s goal was commemorated with a Swedish postage stamp.

Technically, Forsberg’s historic shootout goal is not included in the former Philadelphia Fyers 1991 first round pick’s scoring totals in Norway. Forsberg, who had six assists in eight games at Lillehammer, scored his lone goal for the tournament in Sweden’s 7-1 round-robin victory over France.

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Interesting to note with this year’s Olympics being held where they are that Canada’s Lillehammer ’94 goaltender COREY HIRSCH played 101 National Hockey League games between the 1995-96 and 1998-99 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks.

STEVE KARIYA, Paul’s brother and another University of Maine product, played 65 NHL games (9 go 18 as) for the Vancouver Canucks between 1999-2000 and 2001-02.

LEIF ROHLIN, a 1988 2nd round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, was on the 1994 Lillehammer gold medal squad for Sweden. Rohlin later played two seasons for Vancouver in the NHL.

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Shootout At Nagano : Canada vs Czech Republic, Hasek vs Roy on CBC/You Tube

Czech Republic goalie DOMINIK HASEK looks back after saving from Canada's THEO FLEURY, who started the shootout session of the sensational semi-final at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

Czech Republic goalie DOMINIK HASEK looks back after saving from Canada's THEO FLEURY, who started the shootout session of the sensational semi-final at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

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For extreme viewing enjoyment, a 10 minute 41 second clip of the entire shootout from the 1998 Olympic ice hockey semi-final matching CANADA and the CZECH REPUBLIC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb9-hbwmb0Y

“Canada vs Czech Republic Shootout (Feb 20, 1998)”

This footage from the game broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company contains such intricate events as the coaching staffs for the two teams, led by MARC CRAWFORD of Canada and the late IVAN HLINKA of the Czech Republic, pondering and preparing the the official list of players to be involved in the shootout as well as the coin toss involving long-time National Hockey League referee BILL MCCREARY and the two captains, the Philadelphia Flyers’ ERIC LINDROS of Canada and one-time Boston Bruin VLADIMIR RUZICKA of the Czech Republic.

Also interesting are the shots of Canada’s WAYNE GRETZKY on the bench before and during the shootout. Nagano marked the only appearance at the Winter Olympics for the Great One. The aging Gretzky, who won three Canada Cups on the international stage and grabbed a bronze at the 1982 IIHF World Championships in Finland, ultimately left Japan without an Olympic medal.

Gretzky, who scored 23 goals (with 67 assists) in 82 games for the New York Rangers during the 1997-98 season, was not among the skaters selected by Canada for the shootout.

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Score – CZECH REPUBLIC 2 – CANADA 1

Goals – CZE Slegr (Patera) 49:46, CAN Linden (Lindros) 58:57

Penalties – CZE Bernaek 5:33, CZE Svoboda 17:39, CAN Linden 37:25

Shots on Goal — 28 CZE (5-14-8-1) – 25 CAN (3-11-6-5)

Referee – McCreary (Canada)

Linesmen – Collins (United States), Rautavuori (Finland)

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THE SHOOTOUT

Goaltenders

  • # 39 — Czech Republic — Dominik HASEK
  • # 33 — Canada — Patrick ROY

Shooters

  • # 74 – Canada — Theo FLEURY — saved
  • # 21 – Czech Republic — Robert REICHEL — GOAL
  • # 77 – Canada — Ray BOURQUE — saved
  • # 26 – Czech Republic — Martin RUCINSKY — saved
  • # 25 – Canada — Joe NIEUWENDYK — saved
  • # 10 – Czech Republic — Pavel PATERA — saved
  • # 88 – Canada — Eric LINDROS — saved off post
  • # 68 – Czech Republic — Jaromir JAGR — hit post
  • # 14 – Canada — Brendan SHANAHAN — saved

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Hasek’s most dramatic save has to be from Lindros in the fourth round. The Flyers’ captain, with a full head of steam, makes a move to his backhand and appears to have caught Hasek leaning a bit the wrong way with Canada running out of chances in the shootout round. Hasek, however, is able to get his goalstick down in the nick of time to just steer Lindros’ shot safely off the goalpost.

Oddly enough, the Canadian captain is followed in the fourth round by the Czech Republic’s JAROMIR JAGR, another star skating in the National Hockey League for a Pennsylvania club at that time. The Pittsburgh Penquin also catches iron, though # 68 clanks the post straight off his forehand wrist shot.

ROBERT REICHEL, the sole shooter to find the back of the net, scored 252 goals in 830 games for the Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs in 11 National Hockey League seasons.

Reichel, 38, is still active in the Czech elite league for HC Litvinov, his hometown club.

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Dominik HASEK posted a 2.09 goals-against-average with 13 shutouts in 72 games for the Buffalo Sabres during the 1997-98 National Hockey League season.

The goal-scoring record that 1997-98 NHL season for Canada’s shooters:

  • 27 goals, 82 games — Theo FLEURY — Calgary Flames
  • 13 goals, 82 games — Ray BOURQUE — Boston Bruins
  • 39 goals, 73 games — Joe NIEUWENDYK — Dallas Stars
  • 30 goals, 63 games — Eric LINDROS — Philadelphia Flyers
  • 28 goals, 75 games — Brendan SHANAHAN — Detroit Red Wings

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