While you were asleep history was made on the ice. The U.S. Olympics women hockey team defeated their longtime rivals Canada in a shootout for the gold medal.
Women’s ice hockey was first introduced in the Olympics in 1998. The first Olympics women’s hockey game U.S. took home the gold beating out Canada. Ever since Canda has won the gold medal. They’ve won the gold for four consecutive years.
To make the win even more historic the U.S. women’s gold medal was won exactly 38 years after the “Miracle On Ice.” Sports fans are calling the women’s historic win the “Redemption On Ice.”
On this day in 1980, we witnessed a miracle.
Today, we witnessed redemption. pic.twitter.com/iM8AH8ttjI
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) February 22, 2018
It’s never easy winning a gold medal, but to win one and defeat your longtime rival who was on a gold medal winning streak is a major feat. Canada and the U.S. have gone head to head with at the Olympics with medals on the line eight times. “This is greater than a trophy and a medal,” U.S. center Gigi Marvin told USA Today about defeating our neighbors up north.
Last Winter Olympics U.S. lost the gold medal to Canada in overtime after having a two-goal lead. But last night the U.S. women came out on top. They were down 2-1 with a little over six minutes left in regulation before Monique Lamoureux-Morando scored tying up the game. It’s only fitting that her twin sister, Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winning shootout goal.
LAMOUREUX’S WINNER. USA GETS GOLD pic.twitter.com/zzPWyilraE
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 22, 2018
The final score was 3-2, U.S. women ending up on top. “I think every single person dug deep and found it within themselves to never lose hope,” Marvin said.
Many of the players are hoping that their historic win will propel women’s hockey in the U.S. and hopefully, their win will be made into a movie.