After the heartbreak of four years ago, it was Canada’s “redemption” at Beijing 2022.
Canada held on to secure a 3-2 win in the women’s ice hockey final as they watched a 3-0 lead evaporate under late pressure from former rivals Team the United States.
Four years ago at the PyeongChang Games, the United States beat Canada on penalties in the final to win Olympic gold.
And retaking the gold medal from their neighbors capped a perfect run in China for Canada.
Canadian striker Sarah Fillier said she was “still shaking” long after the game was over, also calling it a “dream come true”.
” It’s so good. It’s a great feeling,” said Canadian forward Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored two goals in the final. “It was a hell of an effort. It’s redemption.”
Between them, the two teams have won every Olympic gold medal in the sport.
For Team USA, it was a campaign full of adversity, having lost star player Brianna Decker to injury in Game 1.
USA striker Kendall Coyne Schofield has praised her team’s hard work and bravery despite the disappointment of coming up short.
“This is a special group that has come a long way. These last few years and the sacrifice it’s taken to get this far,” she said. “Thank you to everyone at home. They held the fort together.
“My mum and dad have been watching my dog for six months. I haven’t seen a husband for six months.
“The sacrifice that every player and coach has made to get to this moment has been an important part of this journey.”