We are heading towards the end of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but that does not mean we are nearing the end of the excitement; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Over the next two days, the great hockey rivalry between Canada and the United States will unfold on the ice with the women playing today for the Gold Medal and the men playing on Friday for the right to the Gold Medal game.
For women’s hockey there’s always the story of revenge for team USA, trying to show the world that they do in fact have what it takes to beat team Canada. Team USA lost in the Gold Medal game to team Canada in Salt Lake City in 2002 and in Vancouver in 2010. Team USA is looking for its first Gold Medal victory against their long-standing rival since the 1998 Olympics in Japan. That being said, the men’s USA-Canada rivalry is also something to write home about. The semifinal game on Friday between these two nations should be an extraordinary game of hockey, great for all to see. In Vancouver in 2010, Team Canada seemed on their way to win the Gold Medal off of a 2-1 victory until Zach Parise scored the equalizer with only seconds remaining in the game to force an overtime. During that overtime, just when the Americans thought there was a chance, Sidney Crosby scored the “Golden Goal”, which sent team USA to a silver medal and four years of bitterness towards their northern rivals.
The USA-Canada rivalry is exciting, whether the reason for that is because the two countries share the longest unprotected border on the planet or because the United States has finally proven to the northern neighbors that they have the right to compete with Canada in major international hockey competitions can be left up in the air to decide. Whatever the result from the next two days of games between these countries is, I’m sure we can all look forward to really great hockey for everyone to enjoy.