Earlier today, in an overtime thriller worthy of the gold medal round, Canada defeated Team USA in the women's hockey final, 3-2, to win its fourth consecutive world title.
“It’s the best feeling ever,” Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin told CBC Sports. “It’s a dream come true. It’s unreal. We just wanted to play our game and it was such a team effort. We never gave up today.”
At noon today, the US and Canadian women's hockey teams meet in the gold medal round of the 2014 tournament. It's a rematch of the 2010 final, and it should be intense.
Four years ago, the Canadians defeated the US 2-0 to capture its third-straight gold medal. It was the Americans' second silver medal in three tournaments — in both cases they were runners up to Team Canada. Since then, the rivalry between these two teams has gotten fierce. Just a few months ago, during an exhibition game, the two teams got into an all-out brawl:
What's more nerve-racking: Skating for a gold medal, or playing violin on national TV? For Charlie White, it might be the second one.
Ice dancers White and Meryl Davis made US Olympic history Monday when they became the first Americans to win the gold medal in the ice dancing competition. Part of their victory lap was a stop at NBC's Today Show yesterday, where they talked about winning gold — and made good on a bet.
White and Davis appeared on the show before heading to Sochi, and they were asked about other things they might be good at. White said he played the violin, and anchor Savannah Guthrie said that if the pair won gold White would have to play the instrument on the show. White agreed, and yesterday he made good on the promise:
If you've ever wondered what the most popular Winter Olympics sport is, here are a couple maps you might find interesting. Researchers at Facebook pulled together some data from their users to see what sports are the most popular around the world.
According to the social network, more than 24 million people discussed the Olympics on Facebook during the first week of the Games. They generated a combined 48 million posts, comments, and like. Using that information, Facebook generated two maps — one is of all of Earth, the other is focused on Europe — that look at which one of 13 Winter Olympics sports people were talking about.
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The 2014 Olympic men's hockey tournament starts today, and all eyes will be on Canada and the US. Canada is looking to defend its 2010 gold medal, while the Americans want to bring home their first hockey gold since 1980 — and avenge a tough overtime loss to the Canadians four years ago.
But there are more than those two teams playing for the gold medal. Ten other countries want to skate out of Sochi as world champions. And while not every team has an equal shot at glory, there are a few nations who could find themselves on the medal podium.
Here are three teams to watch — not wearing a maple leaf or the stars and stripes and their sweaters — as the 2014 tournament gets underway.
Luge is one of the most intense events at the Winter Olympics. A rider (or two, if it's a doubles team) lies flat on a light, aerodynamic sled, then propels themselves down a fast, treacherous track, reaching speeds as high as 90 miles per hour. And the only protection lugers have is a helmet.
Watching a luge run on TV can be exciting, but it doesn't compare to seeing it from the point of view of a a rider going down the track. And thanks to US luge doubles Olympian (and Army sergeant) Matthew Mortensen, we can have that experience from the safety of our computers. Mortensen attached a GoPro camera to his helmet during a practice run in Sochi, and the result is pretty intense.
Four years ago Canada beat the U.S. in an epic gold medal game. Now Team USA has revenge — and gold — on its mind as it heads to Sochi
Every four years NHL teammates are transformed into bitter rivals, taking off their pro sweaters in favor of their national colors for two weeks. Teammates like Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane of the U.S. and Canada's Jonathan Toews, who have celebrated two Stanley Cups together, are suddenly on the opposite ends of the ice, competing for the gold medal. It's what makes the men's hockey tournament one of the most intense and high-profile events of the Winter Games.
"[Your NHL teammates] become teammates with guys you're always competing against," says Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain and Olympic hero for Team Canada. "All of a sudden they're on the same team and you're on a different team. It's a little weird that way."
Any friendships or NHL team spirit must be put aside — at least for the span of the Games. After all, national pride is on the line, and no two countries know that better than the U.S. and Canada.