If the US media is currently in a slight surprise stage about the NHL star game vote, in which Latvian Zemgus Girgensons is ahead of world-class stars, then we have no surprises at home – Latvians are simply sitting with their hands tired of voting and a sense of well-done work. As this is neither the first nor the last time we uncritically vote for ourselves, Skats.lv decided to remember the most significant times when we raised ourselves in the sun.
As a small Latvian nation, it comes to the forefront of the world by voting for its own
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In Girgenson’s case, it’s not over yet – the vote runs until January 1 , so the small nation still has plenty of time to give its best hockey player a place in the all-star game. Local media Buffalo ‘Sabers’ coach Ted Nolan has pointed out that it’s only a matter of time before Girgenson starts receiving votes from North American fans as well.
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As a small Latvian nation, it comes to the forefront of the world by voting for its own
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In the NHL voting, our hand has been trained for a long time – in 1997, Sandis Ozoliņš was among those players who triumphed in the spectator vote. Of course, we cannot deny the greatness of Oz of that time, just as we cannot deny the load of Latvian schools and computer salons of that time on the foreign Internet.
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As a small Latvian nation, it comes to the forefront of the world by voting for its own
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Prior to the 2014 World Hockey Championship, a survey of potential tournament winners was conducted on the ‘IIHF’ website. Guess which country won the online vote but did not win the championship?
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As a small Latvian nation, it comes to the forefront of the world by voting for its own
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The Latvians tried to mobilize their Internet army on the issue of Andris Biedrins and the NBA star game, keeping him among the best players in the league center, but unfortunately he had to make concessions to the popular and powerful Chinese center Jao Minam, who received a million more votes. Apparently, he, too, had mobilized a numerically superior Chinese army.
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As a small Latvian nation, it comes to the forefront of the world by voting for its own
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By involving several Latvian media, popular people, internet campaigns and even pasting posters, we together won the internet vote, in which Riga fought for its field on the popular board game ‘Monopoly’ in 2008 with 68 world metropolises.
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As a small Latvian nation, it comes to the forefront of the world by voting for its own
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One of the largest US newspapers ‘USA Today’ announced the vote for the most beautiful city in Europe. Diligent Latvians, of course, did not leave a choice to Bergen in Norway, which came in second, nor to Innsbruck, Austria. Triumph of Riga.
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As a small Latvian nation, it comes to the forefront of the world by voting for its own
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From time to time, Latvians tend to use this strategy also within the country. For example, let’s not forget the year 2005, when a wide-ranging discussion took place – whether someone outside Latgale also voted for the most valuable song of the year ‘Vysskaistuokai meitinai’ in the ‘Music Bank’.
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