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The Winter Olympics gave us a match for the ages today: The U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams spot for gold. The rivalry between them has been intense and the final game lived up to its billing. The Canadians won in overtime, 3-to-2.
NPR's Tamara Keith was in the Bolshoi Ice Dome in Sochi and joins us now. Hey there, Tamara.
With a 2-0 lead late in the game, it seemed like Team USA would finally overcome archrival Canada on hockey's largest stage Thursday, winning an Olympic gold medal that has eluded it for 16 years. But the gold medal went to Canada after a spirited comeback forced overtime.
The Canadians scored on a five-on-three power play, after a sequence of penalties on both teams, including a checking call on Team USA's Hilary Knight. Forward Marie-Philip Poulin scored on an assist from Laura Fortino. Under Olympic rules, the "golden goal" ended the game with a score of 3-2.
We're going to turn now to a side of sports we do not often hear about. Now these days in the U.S. and perhaps the U.K., we talk about the ugly side of sports, but we're talking about hooligans who overreact after a game or maybe abusive coaches or poor personal behavior by players. Now, though, we are going to hear the story of an athlete whose love for basketball landed him in the middle of a civil war.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Closing ceremonies for the Olympics are this weekend, but there's still plenty of action left in Sochi. So we're joined once again by William Douglas. He is a reporter for McClatchy, the news organization, and he's the founder and editor of "The Color of Hockey" blog. And he's with us once again from Sochi. Bill, welcome back.
Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 7:32 pm
Forget about the men. There's only one Olympic hockey rivalry that matters today, and it's between the women.
The women's hockey teams of Canada and the U.S. will face off today for Olympic gold. It's the latest square-off in a tug of war that's been hot since 1998, when the U.S. team won the first Olympic gold in women's hockey, beating Canada.
Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a reenactment of Russia's hockey coach. After Russia lost in the Olympics, a reporter asked if the coach would lose his job since his predecessor was, quote, "eaten alive." The coach replied...
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Well, then. Eat me alive right now.
INSKEEP: The reporter said a world championship is coming up.
MONTAGNE: There will be a different coach since you will have eaten me alive.
INSKEEP: Finally, the coach confessed. Even after defeat, he said...
If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.
Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.
"She's beyond her years. Like, you look at her and she qualified [to be age-eligible] for the Olympics by days," he says.