#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The ceremonial opening of the games, where the symbol of the 1980 Olympics handed the baton to the symbol of the Spartakiad-82 sable Kesha, took place at the Arctic sports palace.
By that time, the sports complex had turned 11 years old. Especially for the Spartakiad Games, the Arctic’s hockey box was brought into line with the new rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation, medals and original prizes were produced.
The tournaments were attended by hockey players aged 16-18 years from seven union republics, seven regions of the Russian Federation, as well as Muscovites and Leningraders. Three Norilsk residents joined the Krasnoyarsk region team.
Norilsk had not yet held competitions of such a rank by that time, so the city took the event with special responsibility. They even brought a new electrical panel from Georgia, and each team of guests was provided with patrons from among the combine and the city enterprises.
The Crystal Cup of the Spartakiad went to Belarusian hockey players. The newspapers wrote that the fans in the stands even muffled the referee’s whistles.
The team of Bashkiria took the silver. The Krasnoyarsk region team took the eighth, penultimate place among the nine strongest teams in Russia. On their account there were two victories, a draw and two defeats with a minimum advantage of a more experienced opponent. The professionals described the Krasnoyarsk people (and hence the Norilsk people) as a good team, but so far without the necessary training.
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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive