U.S. women's hockey strikes gold

In yet another stunning showcase for women's hockey and a terrific chapter in one of the greatest rivalries in sport, Canada fell 3-2 in a shootout to the US on Thursday, ending its 16-year run as Olympic champions.

"Yeah girls, I feel for you", she said. "I was trying to shoot it over her glove, but it went just under her glove". I think we got fooled a little. She scored the equalizer with just seconds left in the 2014 gold medal game, and would go on to net the game-winner in overtime to give Canada its fourth consecutive gold medal.

"They don't have as many stars as we did in Nagano, but they have some skilled players and they play like a team", Hasek said by phone. We need to stay in the moment and focus on them. He would make them take shot after shot, deke after deke, on those streets. "You have two great opponents at the end", Canadian head coach Laura Schuler explained. "I'm just glad it all worked out today".

The U.S. had lost the last two gold medal games, and three out of the past four, to Canada.

Here they are again at this familiar precipice, both motivated by history and tormented by it.

The 20-year drought at the Olympic Games is finally over for the Americans.

"It's a dream come true", Jocelyne said.

Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with those four consecutive gold medals - a streak of success in a women's team sport second only to the USA basketball team's current streak of six straight gold.

"When you don't hear your anthem standing on that blueline it's a feeling you are never going to forget and you are going to use as motivation going forward", Canadian forward Natalie Spooner said. "I thought we battled hard".

While that pain might linger for some, the Americans do not seem bothered one bit by their most recent loss to Canada. After thwarting a Canadian 2-on-1 push, Monique Lamoureux would break free for the Americans during a poor shift change from Canada, finding the back of the net to tie the game 2-2.

"I knew it was possible it could turn", said Finland's Sami Lepisto. "To do it with these women is incredible". At the other end of the ice, Maddie Rooney got the stop for the United States, and with it, the gold medal.

It was the second straight Olympic gold for Wise, who put down the most hard, technically precise run ever seen in the sport of halfpipe skiing.

"That's just insane to hear", she beamed. "I think this is short track but we raced for the gold and I think the medal we have right now, the bronze, can be as proud as if we were the gold medallist". Larocque had the reaction that was most noteworthy - yanking off the silver immediately after it was placed around her neck.

Blouin, who won a silver medal last week in slopestyle, fell on her first big air jump, scored 39.25 on her second and opted not to take her third run.

"When it comes down to a shootout it could have gone either way".

"We've worked hard the past four years", USA captain Meghan Duggan said. Scrivens has carried the bulk of Canada's load in goal in the tournament, but Poulin played in Canada's 4-0 win over South Korea on Sunday.

Lindsey Vonn made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what was likely the final race of her Winter Games career.

Donato's two goals helped him tie his father, Ted, with four in a single Olympics.

James Wisniewski, whose father Jim was quarantined with the norovirus at the Games, scored on the power play 18 seconds later for a 2-0 USA edge and the rout was on. The elder Donato scored four goals in the 1992 Albertville Olympics. "This whole year is for everyone that came before us. We were prepared. It's sad to lose that way".

Trudeau said the Canadian women "played fantastic".

Belarus won the gold in the women's 4x6-kilometre biathlon relay, finishing in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 3.4 seconds.

  • Julie Sanders