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[[Ice hockey]] tournaments have been staged at the [[Olympic Games]] since 1920. The men's tournament was introduced at the [[1920 Summer Olympics]] and was transferred permanently to the [[Winter Olympic Games]] program in 1924, in France. The women's tournament was first held at the [[1998 Winter Olympics]]. The Olympic Games were originally intended for [[Amateur sports|amateur athletes]] until 1988, and the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL) did not allow its players to compete until 1998. From 1924 to 1988, the tournament started with a [[Round-robin tournament|round-robin]] series of games and ended with the medal round. Medals were awarded based on points accumulated during that round. The games of the tournament follow the [[Ice hockey rules|rules]] of the [[International Ice Hockey Federation]] (IIHF), which differ slightly from the [[National Hockey League rules|rules used in the NHL]]. The tournament follows the [[World Anti-Doping Agency]]'s (WADA) rules on [[Use of performance enhancing drugs in sport|performance enhancing drugs]] and the IIHF maintains a Registered Testing Pool, a list of top players who are subjected to random in-competition and out-of-competition drug tests. Several players have tested positive for banned substances since the [[1972 Winter Olympics]].
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In the men's tournament, [[Canada at the Winter Olympics|Canada]] was the most successful team of the first three decades, winning six of seven gold medals. [[Czechoslovakia at the Olympics|Czechoslovakia]], [[Sweden at the Olympics|Sweden]] and the [[United States at the Olympics|United States]] were also competitive during this period and won multiple medals. Between 1920 and 1968, the Olympic hockey tournament was also counted as the [[Ice Hockey World Championships|Ice Hockey World Championship]] for that year. The [[Soviet Union at the Olympics|Soviet Union]] first participated in [[Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics|1956]] and overtook Canada as the dominant international team, winning seven of the nine tournaments in which they participated. The United States won gold medals in [[Ice hockey at the 1960 Winter Olympics|1960]] and in [[Ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics|1980]], which included their "[[Miracle on Ice]]" upset of the Soviet Union. Canada went 50 years without a gold medal, before winning one in [[Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics|2002]], and following it up with another in [[Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics|2010]]. Other nations to win gold include [[Great Britain at the Olympics|Great Britain]] in [[Ice hockey at the 1936 Winter Olympics|1936]], the [[Unified Team at the Olympics|Unified Team]] in [[Ice hockey at the 1992 Winter Olympics|1992]], Sweden in [[Ice hockey at the 1994 Winter Olympics|1994]] and [[Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics|2006]] and the [[Czech Republic at the Olympics|Czech Republic]] in [[Ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics|1998]]. Other medal-winning nations include [[Switzerland at the Olympics|Switzerland]], [[Germany at the Olympics|Germany]], [[Finland at the Olympics|Finland]] and [[Russia at the Olympics|Russia]].
 
   
 
In 1986, the [[International Olympic Committee]] (IOC) voted to allow all athletes to compete in Olympic Games starting in 1988. The NHL was initially reluctant to allow its players to compete because the Olympics are held in the middle of the NHL season, and the league would have to halt play if many of its players participated. However, NHL players were allowed to compete starting in 1998. The format of the tournament was adjusted to accommodate the NHL schedule; a preliminary round was played without NHL players or the top six teams—Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States—followed by a final round which included them. The tournament format was changed again in 2006; every team played five preliminary games with the full use of NHL players.
 
In 1986, the [[International Olympic Committee]] (IOC) voted to allow all athletes to compete in Olympic Games starting in 1988. The NHL was initially reluctant to allow its players to compete because the Olympics are held in the middle of the NHL season, and the league would have to halt play if many of its players participated. However, NHL players were allowed to compete starting in 1998. The format of the tournament was adjusted to accommodate the NHL schedule; a preliminary round was played without NHL players or the top six teams—Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States—followed by a final round which included them. The tournament format was changed again in 2006; every team played five preliminary games with the full use of NHL players.
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