Olympic Review
There were surprises, triumphs, disappointments, joys, frustrations and lots of hard work, both on and off the playing field. ?? Six teams returned from Atlanta having staked their claim to Olympic history. Other teams departed disappointed to be leaving empty handed, but on reflection, probably feeling a certain pride and satisfaction for having even made it there. Others still will surely be looking to build on the experience which may translate into future Olympic glory.

The Dutch men finally claimed Olympic Gold with a 3-1 victory over Spain in the final. Having finished at the top of Pool B, the Netherlands downed Germany 3-1 in the semi- final to advance to the gold medal game. The Spanish meanwhile, were the utter contradiction to the popular Olympic advertisement which went: "You dont win silver. You lose gold". The men from Spain, having finished at the top of Pool A, defeated Australia 2-1 in the other semi-final to earn their meeting with the Dutch. In the battle for the bronze, a seemingly disappointed Australia -- with their 3-2 victory over Germany -- ensured they would not leave empty handed.

In the womens tournament, a strong and steady Australian side ploughed through the pool matches, victorious over all comers. The unscathed Aussies finished on top of the pool, guaranteeing themselves a chance for gold, which they would eventually claim with a 3-1 win over Korea in the final. The Koreans had finished second in the ladies one-pool, round robin competition.

Great Britain and the Netherlands each completed pool play having earned eight points, with GB ahead by just a hair on goal difference, +1 to 0. In the bronze medal match, neither side could find the net in regulation time, and the match ended in a 0-0 draw. The Dutch ladies broke the hearts of the GB squad by claiming the bronze medal with a 4 to 3 result in a penalty shootout.

Editors note: For a full accounting of all the competition details, I recommend securing the latest World Hockey magazine, published in London on behalf of the FIH. Contact PB Publications at +44 171 437 6437 (phone) or +44 171 434 1214 (fax).

All match results can be found on page --- of this newsletter. The final finishing places for all competing teams are below.

Final standings from the 1996 Olympic Hockey Competition

Mens Tournament

  1. Netherlands
  2. Spain
  3. Australia
  4. Germany
  5. Korea
  6. Pakistan
  7. Great Britain
  8. India
  9. Argentina
  10. Republic of South Africa
  11. Malaysia
  12. United States

Womens Tournament

  1. Australia
  2. Korea
  3. Netherlands
  4. Great Britain
  5. United States
  6. Germany
  7. Argentina
  8. Spain