USA women's hockey shares their passion in golden showdown with Canada
Feb 12, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; USA players celebrate after a goal by USA forward Hilary Knight against Canada in a women's ice hockey preliminary round game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena. Image by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
They were scant hours before the biggest hockey game of their lives. They shared their emotions and their preparations with the world.
Team USA's women's hockey squad, with five members having Wisconsin ties (Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight and Jessie Vetter) faces archrival Canada for the gold medal in Sochi.
Dreaming of GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! #TeamUSA Tune to NBC at 12 p.m. EST tomorrow to watch LIVE.— Hilary Knight (@Hilary_Knight) February 20, 2014
In other words, think of the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears in a Super Bowl; the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in the World Series; Duke against North Carolina in the NCAA Final Four Championship Game or Alabama vs. Auburn in the College Football Playoff title game.
It's that kind of passion, on a world stage. It's that kind of passion that has kept Team USA members from Wisconsin up late, tweeting their thoughts:
This is it, playing for gold tonight. It's our time. #prepared— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) February 20, 2014
Cheer us on as you watch & share the love America!!! Tweet your hearts out! #GoingfortheGold— Hilary Knight (@Hilary_Knight) February 20, 2014
A man who knows a lot about big hockey games with international implications, "Miracle on Ice" hero Mike Eruzione, added this:
If you're going to watch US Canada women's game today at 12:00 wear a seatbelt because the game is going to be intense and plenty of action— MIKE ERUZIONE (@MERUZIONE) February 20, 2014
Watch at 11:00 a.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26.