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Goz Blog: Day 5

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
EDITOR'S NOTE: Over the next several days, Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner George Gosbee will be in Sochi, Russia to take in the 2014 Winter Olympics, especially the men's hockey tournament, in which five Coyotes players will be participating. Each day or so, Gosbee will check in with flagship radio station Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and will post on his Twitter - follow him @Goz100. We'll also keep fans updated here in a Goz Blog from Sochi.

Day 5
(Friday, February 14):

"I bike to the rink every day from the hotel…The security and the NHL guys were wondering what the heck I was doing, but I couldn’t take (the public transportation) anymore."

"I talked to a receptionist (to ask for help finding a bike) at the hotel and she said she couldn’t help me. And then I told her if she gets me a bike, I’ll give it to her after the gold medal game (in hockey) and, amazingly, I got one within a few hours."
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On Team USA: "They’re playing with so much confidence…They (the US) know they can beat any team here and I think that’s the difference between them and the other teams."

On US vs. Russia on Saturday at 5:30am MT: “That’s the ticket…This place is gonna be on fire.
I’m going to pick the USA 4-3."

"On Saturday, the only game I’ll really go to is the US-Russia game…Today I was at the Czech Republic-Latvia game and two of our Coyotes players – Zbynek Michalek and Martin Hanzal – got on the score sheet, so that’s always good to see."

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Friday morning.
Day 4 (Thursday, February 13):

(Live in the middle of the USA-Slovakia game) - "It’s a great atmosphere in the rink…I got a TV right in front of me so I’m watching both (the USA-Slovakia and Russia-Slovenia) games, so it’s good."

"Slovakia came out strong in the first and they had all the opportunities, but you can’t match the talent pool (the US) has that on team."

(Doug and Wolf asked about rink size difference)
- "I don’t think you’ll change the size of the (North American) rinks. It’d just be too costly, not just for the NHL, but in all rinks across (the continent)."

"I’ll be watching hockey all day today. I was actually late to Finland game because I was at the beach!"

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Thursday morning.

Day 3 (Wednesday, February 12):

"When I woke up 8 a.m. this morning, I felt like I was in Scottsdale. I went for a run in a t-shirt and shorts and I think I may have a sunburn now!"

"I’m going to watch Shani Davis before Sweden-Czech Republic hockey."

"The United States has the toughest bracket in the tournament. They have to come out and face Slovakia (my sleeper team) and then Russia…These first two are really important for the US."

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Wednesday morning.

Day 2 (Tuesday, February 11):

"It's beautiful outside today (and I am) at the Bolshoy Ice Rink and looking at palm trees. It’s kind of weird, but can’t complain. (The Bolshoy Ice Dome) may be the nicest hockey rink I think I’ve ever been in.

Co-Owner George Gosbee spent Tuesday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, taking in several team practices.

The US practice (I watched) was pretty intense and arguably they have the hardest qualification round...The US vs. Russia game (Sunday) is the game to watch. That’s the one circled on everyone’s calendars.
My sleeper team is Slovakia."

Yesterday (Monday), I went to the long track speed skating and then just hung out down around the village and tried to get a lot of the atmosphere. It seems like half the people are up in the mountains trying to watch Shaun White get his third straight (gold) medal."

Tonight, I think I’ll hang out at the (US) hockey house before I crash for the night."

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Tuesday morning.

Day 1 (Monday, February 10):

Coyotes Co-Owners George Gosbee and W.R. "Bill" Dutton relax outside Canada House before watching Dutton's grandson William compete for the Canadian speed skating team.

"We flew over with the players and arrived and walked around the facility. It’s impressive. The atmosphere is great so far.

"Wednesday is a big game when the Coyotes have three players on the ice when the Czech Republic plays Sweden so that will be a pretty good (time)."

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Monday morning.

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