It's Groundhog Day for Women's Hockey: US vs. Canada Again
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 16:36
"It's been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather", Vonn said before breaking down. The only other American to win a medal in cross-country skiing was Bill Koch, who took silver in the 30-kilometer race at the 1976 Innsbruck Games.
Vonn herself has pointedly referred to Pyeongchang as "probably" her last Olympics and she used the same language after her race at the Joengseon Alpine Centre, where Italian Sofia Goggia won gold. Also winning gold in the women's snowboarding division was Jamie Anderson as she found herself a gold medal in the women's slopestyle event for the second straight winter Olympic games.
To say the 2014 loss to the Canadians has elicited strong emotions from the American women is putting it mildly.
At the start house, Vonn can watch the first racers on television and also know if Goggia is leading. "But it's in the past now".
"We control our own destiny if we come out tomorrow and win then we are in a decent spot", Canada vice-skip Emma Miskew said.
Canada pushes for gold in the women's 4x6km relay.
China (4-4) sit just outside a semi-final berth with one game to play against Sweden (5-2) and there is the possibility of three Asian teams making the last four.
Among those through to the final are the United States' Jamie Anderson and Canada's Laurie Blouin, who earned gold and silver, respectively, in the women's slopestyle in Pyeongchang, South Korea. I've had a lot of ups and downs, mostly downs, in that time. "We will do better in the rest of the matches". Chen placed fourth in last year's world championships and is the 2017 national champion. That has only made the US drought at the Olympics all the more noticeable and makes this game even more special.
"I welcome this", says fan Lee Dae-kyung, 60, "but I'm a little bit anxious about what comes next".
The team said they also hope to compete again at the next Winter Games in four years.
For the Americans, though, their history of heartbreak is ever present. So, if you haven't been watching the first half of the games, I strongly encourage you to tune into your local station to catch some of the action. "You have two options: you can either embrace it and realize they are all for you, or you can get nervous and worry about it".
"The crowd deserved to see the puck go in the net".