winter olympics 2018

U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Wins First Gold in 20 Years

The U.S. women’s hockey team wins its first gold medal since 1998.

In a nail-biter of a final, the U.S. women’s national hockey team won their first Olympic gold for the first time in 20 years, destroying Canada’s winning streak.

Regulation time ended with a tie, leading to 20-minute overtime, then a penalty shootout, then a sudden-death shoot-out. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winning goal. But 20-year-old goalkeeper Maddie Rooney had to make one more save in order to end the game — which she did. Team USA won after three hours of play.

If you needed any more reason to be a fan, the team had previously boycotted the World Championships, protesting unequal pay in USA Hockey. They were reigning world champions at the time.

U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Wins First Gold in 20 Years