Pyeongchang, South Korea: Twenty years after Nagano, Team USA are once again Olympic champions in women’s ice hockey, having defeated Canada 3-2 after a shootout in which Jocelyne Lamoureux scored the game-winning shootout goal.
Canada which has won four straight championships, was forced to settle for silver.
In a back-and-forth game, the US led early before Canada rallied to take charge in the second period, appearing set for a fifth straight gold until Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyne’s twin, tied the scores with a breakaway goal late in the third.
Neither team found the net in overtime as the contest went to a shoot-out, with the US drawing first blood when Gigi Marvin scored on the first shot of the tie-breaker.
Canada’s Meghan Agosta replied to make it 1-1. Then, in the fourth shoot-out round, Canada’s Melodie Daoust and American Amanda Kessel, sister of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil, both scored to make it 2-2.
As the contest remained locked at 2-2 after five rounds, it went to sudden-death with Lamoureux-Davidson drawing Shannon Szabados towards her before sliding the puck behind the Canadian goalie to put the US ahead.
With the medal now on the line, the Canadians sent Agosta out again, but she was foiled by goaltender Maddie Rooney to seal a magnificent win for the Americans.
Canada has been in the way of team USA since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with four consecutive gold medals. It’s a streak of success in a women’s team sport second only to the United States’ basketball team’s current streak of six straight gold.
This was the eighth time these North American rivals met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line.
Not only did the Americans snap the Canadians’ stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss to wrap up pool play a week ago.
With this win, Team USA are now Winners of the 2017 Women’s World Championship, the 2017 Four Nations Cup, and the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Today’s win also comes on the anniversary of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ in Lake Placid, New York.
On February 22, 1980, in one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympics history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of collegians and second-tier professional players, defeated the defending champion Soviet team, then regarded as the world’s finest, 4-3, at the Winter Games in Lake Placid.
USA has won 21 medals so far at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics:
Shaun White – Snowboarding – Men’s Halfpipe – Gold
Red Gerard – Snowboarding – Men’s Slopestyle – Gold
Jamie Anderson – Snowboarding – Women’s Slopestyle – Gold
Chloe Kim – Snowboarding – Women’s Halfpipe – Gold
Mikaela Shiffrin – Alpine Skiing – Women’s Giant Slalom – Gold
Jessica Diggins – Cross-Country – Women’s Team Sprint Freestyle – Gold
Kikkan Randall – Cross-Country – Women’s Team Sprint Freestyle – Gold
David Wise – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Halfpipe – Gold
Ice Hockey – Women’s Ice Hockey, Finals, Gold medal match, CAN v USA – Gold
Chris Mazdzer – Luge – Men’s Single – Silver
John-Henry Krueger – Short-Track Speedskating – Men’s 1000m – Silver
Nicholas Goepper – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Slopestyle – Silver
Lauren Gibbs – Bobsled – Women’s 2-Man Competition – Silver
Elana Meyers Taylor – Bobsled – Women’s 2-Man Competition – Silver
Jamie Anderson – Snowboarding – Women’s Big Air – Silver
Alex Ferreira – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Halfpipe – Silver
Mikaela Shiffrin – Alpine Skiing – Women’s Alpine Combined – Silver
Arielle Gold – Snowboarding – Women’s Halfpipe – Bronze
Chris Knierim, Alex Shibutani, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, Bradie Tennell, Maia Shibutani, Alexa Scimeca Knierim – Figure Skating – Mixed Team – Bronze
Brita Sigourney – Freestyle Skiing – Women’s Halfpipe – Bronze
Alex Shibutani – Figure Skating – Mixed Ice Dance – Bronze
Maia Shibutani – Figure Skating – Mixed Ice Dance – Bronze
Lindsey Vonn – Alpine Skiing – Women’s Downhill – Bronze
Heather Bergsma – Speedskating – Women’s Team Pursuit 6 Laps – Bronze
Carlijn Schoutens – Speedskating – Women’s Team Pursuit 6 Laps – Bronze
Mia Manganello – Speedskating – Women’s Team Pursuit 6 Laps – Bronze
Brittany Bowe – Speedskating – Women’s Team Pursuit 6 Laps – Bronze
EARLIER: Pyeongchang 2018: Shaun White Wins 3rd Olympic Halfpipe Gold – Pyeongchang, South Korea: U.S. snowboarder, Shaun White, made history, Wednesday, as he came from behind to win his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe – which was incidentally the United States’ 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic Games.
In front of the biggest crowd so far at Pyeongchang’s Phoenix Snow Park, White started with a strong run of 94.25, before being passed by Japanese teenager Ayumu Hirano.
After scuffing his second run, the 31-year-old American, already a legend of his sport, then had to wait until the final moments of the competition to reclaim gold. His final run earned him a score of 97.75, and started with two back-to-back 1440s.
“Man, three gold medals. My fourth Olympics. Thank you, I’m feeling blessed,” White said, after hurling his snowboard and collapsing to his knees on hearing the news that he had won.
“I was so overwhelmed with happiness, I’ve been through so much to get here. I had this crazy injury in New Zealand where I busted my face open.
“I actually did the same trick that injured me, here in the halfpipe today. So there were a lot of obstacles to overcome and now it’s all worth it.”
White’s win means the United States has now won gold in all four freestyle snowboard events so far in South Korea. The victory is also his third at an Olympics, after gold medals in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.
While Hirano claimed silver with a best score of 95.25, Australia’s Scotty James earned his country’s second medal of the Games with a bronze first run of 92.00.
He commended White’s work ethic, to get back on top of the podium after a surprising fourth spot in Sochi.
“He works hard, and we all work hard, and he just comes out and he knows these moments and he just delivers,” James said.
“I know he’s been working hard, so credit to him for being able to put it together today.”
Sixteen-year-old Japanese boardrider Yuto Totsuka had to be stretchered off the pipe after falling heavily in his second run and did not complete his third run.
Snowboard action continues on Thursday with qualifying and finals for the men’s snowboard cross. The women’s snowboard cross races are due to take place Friday.
The 2018 Winter Olympics, the 23rd winter Olympiad, is being held Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9-25 February 2018. It’s the first Winter Olympics held in South Korea and the first Asian city outside of Japan to host the games.
PyeongChang is about 125 kilometers easterly of Korea’s collateral Seoul and about 100 kilomoeters south of a Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang has 102 events in 15 sports, making it the first Winter Games to transcend 100 award events.
The sporting events for the 2018 Winter Olympics are: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard and Speed Skating.
Newest additions as sports or events are: big atmosphere snowboarding, churned group alpine skiing, mass start speed skating and churned doubles curling.