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    Quote Originally Posted by nep401 View Post
    so let's say Korea wins the 2014 bit, do they automatically qualify for the #12 seed?

    I mean if they have a choice, then why would they have to choose option A, when they can chose option B and qualify automatically? Wouldn't the host nation want to participate in every events?
    Because if you select automatic qualification, you are also automatically the bottom seed. As a result, you will get one harder team in your opening group than if you qualify automatically because you are in the top 9.

    If Korea wins the 2014 bid, they will get the choice and will almost certainly go for option B as they are too weak to qualify on ability. If they go for option A, they are unlikely to qualify.

    If Russia win the 2014 bid, they will almost certainly go for option A as it would be a shock for them not to be in the top 9. If they go for option B, they are more likely to end up in a group that has 1 more top seed in it than if they chose option A.

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    I thought that the IIHF made a change (or perhaps they were only thinking about it) after Turin '06 to eliminate option B. That is, any team would have to qualify on merit.

    I remember the issue being raised after the Italian women's dismal performance in the Women's tournament.
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    Olympic host should automatically get a spot in the Olympic tournament. The first time the issue came up was in 1984 when Yugoslavia was host. Yugoslav team was then in Group C and could not compete but it was allowed into the tournament and Yugoslavs (actually Slovenians) did not embarass themselves, losing against Soviet Union, Sweden, Germany and Poland, but winning against Italy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drax View Post
    Olympic host should automatically get a spot in the Olympic tournament. The first time the issue came up was in 1984 when Yugoslavia was host. Yugoslav team was then in Group C and could not compete but it was allowed into the tournament and Yugoslavs (actually Slovenians) did not embarass themselves, losing against Soviet Union, Sweden, Germany and Poland, but winning against Italy.
    the rules were changed that year so that the defending champions would also automatically qualify the usa had been droped down to the b pool and the olympics were concerned that they could miss fail to finish in the top 4 . they ended up winninf the b pool making the rule change a waist of time

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    Yes, If Korea were the host in 2014, they would certainly take option B and the #12 seed. Austria would have done the same, rather than repeat the embarrassment of 2005. Since Russia will be the hosts, they will not take the automatic qualifying spot.

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