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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FrldoT, July 21, 197J THI IFTH6RIDOE HERALD Team Canada has lots to prove in series with so-called Good Guys Hockey in Russia is a game, not just a way of life as thought MOSCOW She is 16, maybe 17-years-old. Her name doesn't mailer, moslly because she doesn't want il mentioned. There is nothing sinister about this. Call 11 shyness. No more. A pretty young lady by any standards. Her hair is perhaps a little too unruly for Ihe coun- try club dance In North Amer- ica, but the bright, knee-length dress, llie while sandals Bnd the white bag slung over her shoulder would be as much at home on Peel and St. Cather- ine Streets as they were yester- day in Red Square. The face Is without makeup but it shines. She Is a student of languages and her four weeks away from the classroom are taken up by ferrying lourisls in private cars. Big black limousines with jump seats. Carpeted loo. "This nol very she asked Bl Ihe precise mo- ment lhal a lourisl bus, creak- ing with people, passed by. She is studying English and French and she apologized for her English because, as she ex- plained, studying two languages at the same lime is difficult. One takes something from Ihe olher. It is sufficient lo men- lion that an apology for her English is about as necessary is an apology from Muham- mad All because he can't fight well. Her monologue has all of Ihe Ingredienls of the tourist guide's party line. The dates and measurements flow as un- checked the Moscow River. All of the right things are said and all of the right places are pointed out, just as they are, no doubt, in any of the western world cities. It's like this: If there are things to sweep under the carpet, why bother walking near it? This city is loaded with carpets. LENIN'S TOMB So there was the majesty of Ihe cathedrals and the quick, high-stepping pomp of the changing of Ihe guard at Len- in's Tomb. "They change every four hours, you she said. There was an awesome view of Ihe city from a vanlage point not far from Moscow Univer- sity are students and on the faculty, two Nobel she There was the eternal flame flickering at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier Nixon visited she said. "This visit was of much impor- where flowers placed there by a steady stream pi visitors, lay limp and dying in the searing sun. There were people lost during the she said. "No other country can claim to have suffered as much." And as she talked, the people continued to come, many of them brides In their wedding gowns chattering incessantly end laughing shrilly at their new husbands dressed in the ttiff black clolh ol the Moscow groom. A lot of people get married to Moscow, it seems. There was the magnificence of a tomb constructed during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. "After It was she said, "Ivan the Terrible called his builders together and asked Ihem if they could duplicate the structure. And when they said they could, he ordered them blinded." "Why do you call him The "But of she laughed, "because he was a terrible man. He was noted for his cru- elly and yet he was a great czar." There was the hill where Na- poleon waited for the keys lo Moscow but waited In vain be- cause all of Ihe citizens had fled. "He waited but nobody came. So he set the city afire and she said. "His power was gone." The road to this city is a long one. Montreal to Paris and then lo Moscow unless someone on the Aeroflot plane decides al. the last moment that it would be a better idea to drop off a group of 25 at Kiev first. What's wrong with arriving in Moscow four hours late? Nothing, say the aviation people, and the passengers say nothing. The sun has1 been drying up this city for the last six weeks. A couple of days ago the tem- perature eased beyond the 100- degree mark. Somelhing in the low 90's amounts lo a small small blessing in Ihe non-air condllioned rooms in holds which are booked to capacity. But even in this heat the people of Moscow are prepared lo talk hockey, as they did on Gorky Street a couple of nights and as the liltlc lady in Red Square yesterday. "There are only two sports I like lo she was saying. "One is figure skating and the olher is hockey. I like she says, "because they are very much alike." Can anybody argue with her reasoning after Uiey have watched Jean-Claude Tremblay and Bobby Rousseau? The professionalism of the Canadians concerns her, as it does others who spoke about the Canada-Soviet scries which will be played in Canada and Moscow in September. "Your she said, "they are rude, are they not" "They can get rough from time lo time, but it's what the people want to see. I don't think they'll get rough during the scries with Ihe Soviets, but back home Ihe people like il." "Is lhat something they should she asked. "Hew do you think the Sov- iets will do against the Can- "We should win one half and they should win the other she said. "But alter all, il is nol surprising lhat the Canadians should win. They are profes- sionals. We are not." "It is said that the Soviets are just as professional as the Canadians." "That Is not she smiled, "they have other occupations. The game Is a sport. That is ill. Professionals, aside from being rude, they use drugs, do they "Not that I've heard." "In cycling they use she said. "Perhaps, but nol in hockey." "Whal is it about your pro- fessionals lhat makes them so good? Is it their "Partly. But mostly It's the speed in everything Ihey do. Their skating, Iheir shooting." "But the Soviets, they have much speed too, do they "Only in skating perhaps, but not in shooting." "Flrsov, he shoot very quick- ly. Maltsev the same." "Not as quickly as the pro- fessionals." "I she said. The Canada-Soviet serlei Is not a day-to-day convereallon piece in the newspapers here. The people know it's on, but few if any realize that Bobby Hull is a "nyet nyel" Insofar as Ihe Nalional Hockey League is concerned. And some of Ihe people slill don't realize that il's Ihe professionals ralher than the Canadian amateurs who are coming. Clearly it's because there are a great many more important things to consider here. Hockey isn't a way of life. It's a game, but nothing more than that. The people who have spoken about the series make it clear thai while the idea of Canada losing two games out of eight would amount to a national dis- grace, a loss by the Soviets would be somellu'ng lhal would be dismissed quickly here, per- haps because Canadians are the professionals and in the mind's eye of the Soviet citizen, the Soviet hockey player is amateur. Put It another way: So far, at least, the Soviets feel they have nothing to lose and every- thing to gain. They're the GOOD GUYS In this series. Rodeo finals Saturday YOU CAN LEARN A LOT A number of Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club were on hand at the Civic Centre Thursday for a quick lesson from Elaine Tanner, one of Canada's all time great swimmers. Elaine is in southern Alberta the next two or three dayi visiting various swim clubs. Elaine Tanner possesses a great personality By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sports Writer Now I know "Mighty Mouse" why Elaine Tanner has caplured Ihe hearts of millions Ihroughoul the world. Elaine Tanner, now Elaine Nahrgang, is universally recog- nized for her swimming achieve- ments, but very few people know that her athletic talents play second fiddle to her strik- ingly pleasant personality. I found Elaine to be a warm, kind and gentle young lady, who is very modest and pleasing lo lalk lo. 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