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Video: U.S. women's hockey stars on intense feud with Canada

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – There are two battles in the 2010 Winter Games that hockey fans here are hoping to see materialize.

The first is the collision between Canada and Russia in the men's tournament, so that the Olympics can be dwarfed by the Sidney Crosby/Alexander Ovechkin rivalry for one night.

The second is the Canadian women attempting to win Olympic gold in a grudge match against Team USA.

The women's rivalry was an unavoidable topic when the U.S. women and Coach Mark Johnson met the media on Friday, and for good reason: Since women's hockey became an Olympic sport in 1998, Canada has won two gold medals and the U.S. has taken home one. The U.S. has captured the last two World Championships. More important, the Americans have a chance to deny the Canadians a home-ice victory, as Canada did in Salt Lake City back in 2002.

The following video features American hockey stars Natalie Darwitz, Julie Chu and Angela Ruggiero speaking about the rivalry, including the infamous "brawl" between the teams last year. Canada's 2010 Olympics opened with an 18-0 beating of Slovakia that really wasn't that close. The U.S. opened against China on Sunday.

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