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Canadian hockey player Bob Watt was a member of the Edmonton Mercurys team that skated its way to Olympic Gold during the 1952 Winter Games in Oslo, Norway. This incomparable prize is believed to have been the first hockey Gold Medal awarded. There is light wear on the edge of the medal, which is housed in its original box and is still in VG condition. The front of the medal boasts the Olympic torch and rings, and the words: "DEUX OLYMPIQUES CITIUS - ALTIUS - FORTIUS." The back features three snowflakes and the wording: "DE VI. OLYMPISKE VINTERLEKER OSLO 1952." The original Olympic certificate is included, as well as an LOA from Watts' family. The Mercurys won the 1950 World Ice Hockey Championships in London, England and almost didn't get the chance to earn the medals since the Olympic hierarchy was seriously considering eliminating hockey during the 1952 games due to a scandal in 1948. Fortunately, they never followed through on the sanction. 1952 would be the last time Canada would win the Gold Medal until 50 years later in 2002... shocking considering the Canadians invented the sport.
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