March 5th, 2002:
Ok, OK, I know this is a couple of weeks late, but I
had to eventually put this up. If you couldn't tell from the title alone,
this entry is about all things Canadian, or more specifically, the conclusion
of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
So, it began with a bang, the Canadian women's team reeled off 3 straight shutouts, though it wasn't much of a surprise considering they were the superior team in each game, and all the way through the tournament until the gold medal game.
the gold medal game, they were matched up against a USA team that hadn't lost
since Canada beat them in the 2001 Women's World Tournament. That's a stretch
of something like 36 game that included 7 wins and 1 tie against Canada in
it's past 8 games. But we all know that doesn't mean a thing when it comes
to a big game.
Canadian found out about this prior to hitting the ice and you know it had
to have made their blood boil. It showed once the game started as the Canadian
team took the play to the Americans in every aspect of the game. The referee
probably thought it was too unfair this was happening, so she decided to call
9 or 10 straight penalties against the Canadian team while turning a blind
eye to anything of similar offense by the Americans.
Trivia Question: What was the nationality of the referee in the Canada/USA gold medal game? (see lower down for answer)
as the game went on, it was quite clear who was going to win. By the time
the final buzzer sounded, the score flatered the USA as the Canadian women
went on to a 3-2 win, capturing the gold medal and avenging the loss 4 years
earlier in Nagano.
Team Canada captain, Cassie Campbell
Amidst all the celebrating, there were tears of joy and tears from missed opportunities. Needless to say, Team Canada had the tears of joy, while the Americans had the other kind of tears.
I love it...congratulations to the 2002 Women's Winter Olympic Gold Medal hockey team from Canada! You made this fan and an entire nation proud.