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Tale Of The Tape: World Cup vs. Hockey Olympic Gold

World Cup
Olympic Gold
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Trophy
Winner The 14" tall, 13.6 pound, 18-carat gold statue of two human figures holding up the earth is an absolute gem.
Gold medals have been the ultimate prize in athletics since ancient Greece. That's like 2 billion years. Isn't it?
Degree of Difficulty
Winner 32 teams qualify for each edition of the FIFA World Cup, yet only eight countries have ever hoisted the cup.
12 teams participate in each cycle at the Olympics. Six different nations have won Olympic Gold.
Impact on Sport
Soccer has been growing in the U.S. for a long time, but still remains far below any of the other major sports. A World Cup would certainly help, but it would take exponential growth to even come close.
Winner There is no denying that hockey is on the rise. Despite multiple lockouts and a failed TV deal with the sports giant, the NHL still remains in the picture of the major sports in the country.
Shock Value
Winner The U.S. have never even made a semi final. They've also been drawn into the proverbial "Group of Death." Winning the World Cup would make David vs. Goliath look puny.
In 1980, it came as a major surprise that the United States won. In 2014, there's almost an expectation of success. We still aren't the favorites, but it wouldn't come as a surprise to anyone if the U.S. pulled it off.

The Winner Is

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Winner World Cup
3 out of 4

This one is really a no brainer. The World Cup is truly a competition for the whole world, and the fact is, we wouldn't be Americans if we didn't want to prove we are better than everyone else, not just Canada and half of Europe.

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