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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Olympics

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.

Speed skater Sven Kramer apologizes after inadvertently injuring fans at event

Sven Kramer is offering an apology for an unfortunate incident at a promotional event in PyeongChang.

The Dutch speed skater, who won gold in the men’s 5000m competition for a third straight Winter Olympics, tweeted an apology in Korean on Thursday.

“Hello fans from Korea, on behalf of the Heineken team I offer my sincere apologies to the fans who have been injured,” Kramer wrote, according to a rough translation of the tweet. “You came to encourage me, apologies for the inconvenience caused. We wish you a quick recovery.

“I’m going to do my best to show a better picture next time,” Kramer added. “I promise that. Thank you so much.”

Chang Dong-woo of Yonghap News Agency in South Korea relays that Kramer reportedly caused injuries to fans at a Heineken event by roughly throwing free gifts into the crowd.

Some on Twitter claimed that Kramer threw a bronze nameplate into the crowd, striking a woman and sending her to the emergency room. Footage also circulated of the supposed moment that he did.

The 31-year-old Kramer, who is a nine-time world champion and now an eight-time Olympic medalist, has become an icon of speed skating with his run of excellence dating back to the 2000s. But there is no excuse for that kind of reckless alleged behavior, and he seems to recognize that now.

Mikaela Shiffrin: Two second deficit to Vonn may be too much to overcome

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin did not have the most optimistic outlook after completing the first portion of the women’s combined event at the Winter Olympics on Thursday in South Korea.

Lindsey Vonn blew away most of the field with a time of 1:39.37 on the downhill portion of the combined. Shiffrin finished 1.98 seconds behind her, which placed her sixth in the standings.

Asked after her run in the downhill whether she thought she could make up the time in the slalom run, Shiffrin was not so sure.

“We’ll see. Two seconds on Lindsey (Vonn), I’m not sure how much I can make up,” Shiffrin told NBC’s Heather Cox. “But I’m in a good position to fight for it and to do my best slalom skiing and see where it ends up.”

Shiffrin’s best event is the slalom, while downhill is Vonn’s specialty, so she certainly will have a chance to make up some time. But like she said, two seconds will be a lot to make up.