Jan 29, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; General view of the Olympic Cauldron during flame testing prior to 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

(Poll) Winter Olympics: Professional or Amateur Participants?

Jan 26, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUS; A view of the Olympic rings along the roadway running through the Rosa Khutor area of the mountain cluster of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are going to be here by the next time you blink.

One hot topic that will be debated for a long time is whether the Winter Olympics should feature mainly professional, proven players or the “Miracle on Ice” type of roster that is mainly made up of amateurs and collegiate players.

In 2010, the Gold Medal game was a highly anticipated matchup between the United States and Canada. It was a match that saw a showcase of the NHL’s best players and was decided in a thrilling overtime result.

Unfortunately, Canada won goal on Sidney Crosby’s goal but the game was an absolute thrill to watch.

But that thing that happened in Lake Placid was a big deal too.

Team USA beat a heavily favored Team Soviet Union that was tearing through anyone in their path in the semifinals of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

Now, some people believe that the Olympics are heavily watered down by professionals and any upset doesn’t seem that special anymore.

As cool as it is to see things like one of the greatest sports moments of all time happen, I think using professionals is the right way to go. It adds a lot of household names for popularity reasons and it also wouldn’t seem right to have the NHL continue side-by-side with the Winter Olympics.

So, I pose the question to you:

Should the NHL continue to participate in the Winter Olympics or should they revert to how it used to be back when the Miracle on Ice happened?

What Should the Winter Olympic Format Be?

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