In case you’re still gripped by Olympics fever weeks after the closing of the Games in Beijing, qualifiers for the 2010 Winter Olympics are already underway. Don’t expect the Bulgarian women’s hockey team to be making an appearance in Vancouver, however, as they dropped a nail-biter in the qualifiers to Slovakia by a score of 82-0.
Bulgaria were beaten 82-0 by Slovakia in a women’s ice hockey qualifier for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Bulgaria conceded a goal every 44 seconds in the Latvian town of Liepaja. They trailed 7-0 after five minutes, 19-0 after ten and 31-0 after one period.
In their previous matches, they had lost 30-1 to Croatia and 41-0 to Italy.
Bulgaria has a population of 7.4 million but only three indoor ice rinks and 37 registered female players.
As a counterpoint, the country has 3.4 million registered sex offenders, so prospects for the men’s team are probably a little bit sunnier, unless the arena in Canada is across the street from an elementary school. Still, a goal every 44 seconds? No Bulgarian woman has been scored on that often since the years of communist rule. At least then it was by her own countrymen. And a few stray dogs.