Amanda Kessel relished the opportunity her American women’s ice hockey team has earned at the Sochi Games. They’ll play for Olympic gold; but they’ll also get another chance to finally vanquish their rivals to the north.
Their second meeting of the tournament – Canada won in preliminaries, 3-2 – was inevitable; despite the women’s tournament being more competitive than in previous Olympics, these are the titans of their sport. Canada has won 19 consecutive Olympic contests, collecting three straight gold medals – including wins over the U.S. in Salt Lake City and Vancouver.
It’s the greatest rivalry in international hockey, no matter the gender of the participants. The competition is fierce.
— Martin Rogers