Goalie Tuukka Rask minded the net for Finland in their opening game of the Sochi Olympics, an 8-4 win over Austria. But after the game Rask told his teammates that he’s not sure he’s even supposed to be on the team.
“Guys, I just realized I can’t remember if I’m from Finland or Norway,” he said in a sort of hybrid Scandinavian tongue. “I’m sorry. I just have no recollection. I remember growing up it was pretty cold and we had a lot of fish.”
“Yeah, that’s Finland. You’re Finnish,” said defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
“Norway also has that stuff, though,” said forward Jussi Jokinen, who then also admitted he can’t remember which Scandinavian country he’s from.
Rask showed up at Norway’s game versus Canada later in the day, but was told he wasn’t on the Norwegian roster.
“All I know for sure is that I’m not Swedish,” said Rask. “Wait. Am I Swedish? Crap. I could be Swedish.”
Fellow goalie Antti Niemi then pulled out his iPad, called up Wikipedia and confirmed that both he and Rask are from Finland.
“Okay, thanks. Good to know,” said Rask. “Please keep that page bookmarked for when I forget again.”
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