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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Olympics

Canadian Jocelyne Larocque explains why she took off silver medal

Jocelyne Larocque medal

Canadian hockey player Jocelyne Larocque drew attention when she took off her silver medal upon being awarded it following the gold medal game at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang on Thursday.

Larocque’s Canadian team lost 3-2 in a shootout to rival US, whom they’d beaten in the gold medal game at the last two Olympics.

The medal presentation ceremony takes place on the ice after the game. Immediately after the silver medal was placed around her neck, Larocque removed it.

Larocque’s actions were questioned by some, who thought it showed poor sportsmanship and a lack of appreciation for her accomplishment. Larocque explained why she did it and said it was because they didn’t achieve what they wanted to.

“It’s just hard,” Larocque said, via the AP. “You work so hard. We wanted gold but didn’t get it.”

Larocque’s actions — especially so soon after the loss — make complete sense for a competitor. The silver comes as a disappointment to many, because you receive it after losing a gold medal game. That’s why the gold and bronze medal winners may feel more accomplished immediately after a game.

Perhaps Larocque will feel more appreciation for her silver in time, but for now, it’s understandable why it stood as a symbol of disappointment for her.

Shootout hero TJ Oshie sends shoutout to Jocelyne Lamoureux

TJ Oshie

TJ Oshie sent a shoutout from Team USA shootout hero to another.

The US women’s hockey team won gold on Thursday at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang with a 3-2 shootout win over rival Canada. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout, which turned out to be the winning goal after Maddie Rooney stopped Canada to give the US the edge.

In 2014, Oshie helped the US beat Russia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi by scoring on four of six shootout attempts, including the clincher.

Upon learning of the US’ victory over Canada, Oshie sent the following tweet congratulating scorers Monique Lamoureaux and Gigi Marvin, as well as Jocelyne Lamoureux, who scored the golden goal in the shootout.

That’s some pretty awesome love shared by Team USA hockey heroes. Unfortunately only one of them received a medal, as the men’s team finished fourth in 2014.

Jocelyne Lamoureux shootout goal was named after Britney Spears song

US womens hockey

Jocelyne Lamoureux helped the United States women’s hockey team win its first gold medal in 20 years with an incredible shootout goal on Wednesday, and it turns out the golden goal had an even better name.

After the dramatic victory, Lamoureux’s twin sister Monique revealed that the play in which Jocelyne scored the winning goal on is one that the team has practiced, and it’s called the “Oops, I Did it Again.”

If we had told you that the gold medal-clinching goal in the women’s Olympic hockey tournament would be named after a Britney Spears song, you probably would have thought we were crazy. Such is life in 2018.

The 3-2 win in PyeongChang gave the women’s hockey team its first gold medal since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. They were finally able to get over the hump against Canada, who beat them in overtime at the 2014 Games in Sochi and also beat the U.S. for the gold in 2010 and 2002.

10 breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Chloe Kim

The Olympics are a great generator of breakout stars. The athletes generally only gain major attention every four years, meaning new potential stars are coming onto the scene all the time. Even older athletes are finding success in the Olympics after battling obscurity and other obstacles earlier in their careers.

Here are 10 star athletes whose presence at the PyeongChang Olympics have gained them newfound fame and support.

1) Chloe Kim

It takes more than dominance in your sport to become a true Olympic breakout star — you must have a personality, too. Chloe Kim, gold medalist in the women’s snowboard halfpipe, has both in spades. Kim flew to gold in the halfpipe event, then tweeted her way into our hearts with a series of extremely relatable food tweets. That personality should serve her well, and given that she’s just 17 years old, we should be seeing her at future Winter Olympics for years to come.

2) Maddie Rooney

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Goalie Maddie Rooney gets appropriate Wikipedia update after gold medal

Maddie Rooney goalie

The Wikipedia page for US goalie Maddie Rooney received an appropriate update following her gold medal performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

After teammate Jocelyn Lamoureux scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the US the edge on Canada, Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta to clinch the gold medal, giving the US a 3-2 shootout win over rival Canada.

Afterwards, some clever folks updated Rooney’s Wikipedia page to change her position from goalie to “United States Secretary of Defense.”

In all, the 20-year-old made 29 saves to help the US beat Canada and avenge the overtime loss from the 2014 Winter Games. What a game.

Jocelyne Lamoureux wins gold medal with beautiful shootout goal

US womens hockey

It took 20 years, but the United States women’s hockey team got back that golden feeling.

The US women’s hockey team won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics with a 3-2 win over rival Canada in a shootout. This goal by Jocelyne Lamoureux in the sixth round of the shootout was the golden goal:

After Lamoureux scored, US goalie Maddie Rooney still needed to stop Meghan Agosta, who had beaten her for a goal earlier in the shootout. She stonewalled her to give the US the game and gold medal.

The win at PyeongChang gives the women’s hockey team its first gold medal since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. They avenged an overtime loss to Canada at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Canada also beat the US in the gold medal game in 2010 and 2002.

Lindsey Vonn unable to pull off miracle in slalom, does not medal in combined

Lindsey Vonn disappointment

Lindsey Vonn did not hide the fact that she did not prepare much for the slalom, and that showed in what was likely her final run in the Olympics.

Vonn entered the slalom portion of the super combined event as the leader after acing the downhill portion — her specialty. But very early on in her slalom run, she failed to clear one of the gates. She stopped her run after the mistake knowing that she would not medal and did not finish the course.

Vonn had said prior to the event that she had about three slalom runs since December. The lack of preparation for the event led her to acknowledge she needed a miracle.

“I think it’s going to come down to who can fight the hardest. I certainly know that I’m a pretty good competitor. I’m going to give it hell and maybe I can pull out a miracle,” Vonn had said prior to the event, via USA Today.

Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin took home gold in the combined, while Mikaela Shiffrin earned silver. Shiffrin’s time of 40.52 in the slalom ranked her third and helped her make up ground after she finished sixth in the downhill.