2018 Olympics: U.S. Women's Hockey Team Beats Canada to Win First Gold Medal in 20 Years

Team USA takes home the gold!

The United States women’s ice hockey team beat Canada 3-2 in the 2018 Olympics championship matchup in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Wednesday. A goal by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson in the sixth round of the sudden death overtime shootout, which lasted 20 minutes, gave the U.S. its victory.

This was the first gold medal for the U.S. since 1998, when the first women’s hockey tournament in Olympic history was played in Nagano, Japan. 

Equally as cool? This win came on the anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, when the U.S. men’s hockey team beat the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

The United States and Canada have been extremely dominant since women’s hockey became part of the Olympics. The two teams are the only ones to have earned gold medals in the sport, with Canada winning gold in the last four, while the Americans took home silver in all but the 2006 matchup.

Celebs like Olivia Munn, Elizabeth Banks and Leslie Jones, as well as several of the U.S. team’s fellow Olympians like the Shibutani siblings, were plenty excited to bask in the win alongside the elated U.S. athletes.

The medal ceremony had just as many people talking on Twitter as the win itself did, as one Canadian player took her silver medal off just seconds after it was placed around her neck.

Congratulations to the U.S. women’s team on their big win!

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