Can Australia defend the Olympic Mens Hockey title?
For many years, winning the mens Olympic Hockey title proved an illusive dream for the Australian team. Starting in 1964, Australia managed to secure 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. Finally, at Athens in 2004, Australia defeated the Netherlands to add Gold to their collection.
Since Hockey was first played at the Olympics in 1908, only 3 teams have been able to successfully defend the title. Great Britain (1908 & 1920), India (6 consecutive wins - 1928 - 1956) and the Netherlands (1996 & 2000).
As a Kiwi, my allegances lie elsewhere, but Australia must go into the tournament a strong favourite to add to the list of countries who have successfully defended the Gold medal.
I look forward to watching the games as the Olympic Hockey tournament progress's in August 2008.