Ice Hockey, Slovakia

Sports enthusiasts reading this blog will know ice hockey is the national sport of Slovakia. It was sheer coincidence that when we were in Bratislava on 5th May, the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships were on. The competitions were on during the last week of April and the first two weeks of May 2011.

Though we couldn’t get to see any of the matches or any of the players there, we saw the statues of players installed there. There was one statue each representing the different countries taking part in the competition. As we walked through the lanes, we never knew which country’s players statue would pop out and then there would a short photo session posing with the player’s statue, tourists waiting patiently for their turns.

I have here the statues of player from Denmark and Germany.



You can see more statues here.

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32 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Terrific captures and such colorful statues! Hope your week is off to a great start, Indrani! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

  2. Carver says:

    Those are fun statues.

  3. His body is made of lego, or something.

  4. magiceye says:

    You missed out on the real thing! But these statues also are wonderfully done!

  5. They look real if you don't get closer to them. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow! Awesome! What an honor! ~ Great shot! thanks,namaste, CArol (A Creative Harbor)

  7. These are great. They ooze energy!

  8. Cloudia says:

    When I was young
    ice hockey was Canadian
    and not played professionally
    in America. Then the FLYERS came to Philadelphia and everything changed!
    It is now an American sport!
    They still talk about the 'miracle on ice' when US beat USSR at Olympics (1980?)

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  9. Ebie says:

    These are neat statutes. They are life size andlook so real.

  10. Bikramjit says:

    I use to roller skate and been in the played in the nationals held in chennai ..

    but i have always wanted to learn ice hockey it is so FAST and racy ..

    Bikram's

  11. Francisca says:

    I watched a lot of hockey with my first partner when I still lived in Canada. Not any more since coming to Asia 25 years ago. Too bad you didn't get to see a game, but the statues are fun. 🙂

  12. Reader Wil says:

    Impressive statues! These fellows must be very good!
    Thanks for your comment. I hope that you try to answer the questions, for Roger did, and he was rather good. He only missed 3 answers.

  13. I love stuff like those statues.

  14. As humans we love to pose beside special characters whether they are real or statues. This is a lovely way to honor the athletes that compel us to watch their sport.

  15. EG Wow says:

    Hockey is a game I'm quite familiar with. :)) I like these colourful statues.

  16. George says:

    The statues around Bratislava are really neat. Placing statues of players from the teams in the Championship around town is a very interesting way to celebrate the event.

  17. Gattina says:

    Hockey or Ice hockey were never of any interest to me, but these statues are great !

  18. Leovi says:

    Lovely sports statues.

  19. Pietro says:

    Interesting these colored sport statues. Nice pictures, Indrani!

  20. cool shots even if it is not really my kind of sport.

  21. Arti says:

    Colorful captures. Hockey is our national game, have never seen such statues… Sad.

  22. Prasetyo says:

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    Thanks for share,
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  23. Genie says:

    Wonderful captures of the two statues. I am wondering if ice hockey is as bloody a sport in your part of the world as it is aver here. As of late their have been horrible and bloody fights during the games. I do not understand it because the sport is such a great one to be tarnished like that here in the US. genie

  24. I liked the statues. Different and unique.

    Roberto, Rio de Janeiro.

  25. Loved the statues. Truly a sporting nation.Wasn't Slovakia earlier part of the Czeckoslovakia ?

  26. Eden says:

    Beautiful statues.

  27. Very well found this interpretation of the challenge this week. From the South of Spain all the best. Saludos de Albert y Mara

  28. fredamans says:

    HAHAHA, great minds think alike. 34 days till hockey starts! Woohoo!

  29. Dolce Mela says:

    Very nice photos of the statues. 🙂

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