Russia’s ice hockey team started its tenth Olympic gold medal operation with a win.
The 2018 gold medalist won 1-0 (1-0, 0-0, 0-0) against Switzerland at the start of the men’s tournament at the Winter Games in Beijing.
The favourite, who competes in China under the name of his Olympic Committee ROC because of the doping scandal in Sochi in 2014, triumphed 4-3 after extra time in the final against the German team four years ago.
The Swiss, who were eliminated in Pyeongchang in the round of 16 against the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), unfortunately fell behind.
2.7 seconds before the first third whistle, Enzo Corvi deflected a shot from Anton Slepyshev into his own goal (20th). Fabrice Herzog missed the greatest opportunity to equalize when he shot wide of the empty goal (57th).
In the second group game, Olympic newcomers Denmark won 2-1 (2-0, 0-1, 0-0) against the Czech Republic, gold medal winners from 1998. Former Munich Markus Lauridsen (12th) and Frans Nielsen from German champions Eisbären Berlin (18th) shot the Danes to the top of the table.
The next opponent for the Russians, who still have eight Olympic champions from 2018 in their team, is Denmark in Group B on Friday. The DEB selection starts on Thursday (21:10 OZ/14:10 CET) in Group A against Canada in the tournament. As in Pyeongchang, the stars from the North American professional league NHL are missing.