New York Times — Tuesday, February 11, 1964.
AP — Radio Prague reported a weekend demonstration at Brno today in dissatisfaction with Czechoslovakia’s third place showing at the Winter Olympics.
The report said that “excited and dangerous demonstrations” had taken place in front of the apartment of the team’s trainer and that his wife had been threatened.
CZECHOSLOVAKIA had blown the silver medal on the tournament’s concluding day to Sweden at the 1964 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Having won five of their first six matches, the Czechoslovaks needed only a draw against the Swedes, who entered the final proceedings with a mark of four wins and two losses. After capturing the silver medal at St. Moritz in 1948, Czechoslovakia returned home from the next three Olympic ice hockey competitions empty-handed.
A 3-1 victory over Canada on the strength of third-period goals from JAN KLAPAC, JIRI HOLIK and JOSEF CERNY, who ended up on the media All-Star squad in 1964, had raised hopes for the Czechoslovaks in the Tyrolean Alps.
SWEDEN, surprise winners at the 1962 IIHF World Championships in Colorado Springs, had other ideas, however.
Sweden’s attack was powered by the two joint top point-scorers at Innsbruck, SVEN “Tumba” JOHANSSON (8 go 3 as, 11 pts) and ULF STERNER (6 go 5 as, 11 pts). Johansson, a bronze medalist for Sweden at Oslo in 1952, was competing at his fourth Winter Games. In the very last match of the 1964 Olympic tournament, the Swedes stormed to leads of 3-1 after one and 6-2 at the conclusion of the two on the way to a sound 8-3 triumph over Czechoslovakia.
Thus, Sweden finished in second place — no matter which tie-breaking formula was employed — and secured just their second set of silver medals in their nation’s history.
Sweden originally won the silver medal at the 1928 Winter Olympic Games in St. Mortiz, Switzerland.