Canada: Women’s Hockey Gold Medal

Canada: Women’s Hockey Gold Medal

by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: February 22, 2014

Sochi 2014 Olympics

Currently, the world is in the midst of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Russia.

Yesterday, February 20, 2014, Canada and the USA faced off in a game of women’s hockey.    0-0 after 1, the Americans scored in the second period to make the game 1-0.  Early in the third period, America seems to put the game away, going up 2-0.  However, as this blog posts discusses, you cannot win a game until the final buzzer sounds, but you sure can lose a game.  With less than 4 minutes, Canada gets on the scoreboard.  Just under a minute in the game, and Canada with its goalie pulled for an extra attacker, ties the game 2-2.  The game is going to overtime.

As most Canadians have seen/heard/read, with a series of penalties for both teams in a short span, Canada scores in overtime on the power play to claim another Gold medal for Canada and Hockey Canada’s Women’s Hockey program!  Go Canada!

What We Learned

This blog post isn’t necessarily about the hockey-specific strategies that can be learned from the USA’s collapse and Canada’s win.  It combines the powers of sport, the example of athletes for all, and nationalism – as provided in examples from Canada’s women’s hockey win.

Power of Sport

For the past 10 days, and for the remaining 5 days of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, many people have based their lives around watching the Olympic coverage.  Pubs and bars have opened early and closed late.

Sport brings people together. Individuals to watch with friends. Families to watch their brothers, daughters, sons, sisters, grandchild. Many communities to celebrate their youths’ accomplishments.

There is something about sports (in some form or another) that makes it a political, social, and cultural hub for many societies and populations.

Examples of Athletes

it is easy to explore the not-so-goods of sport and athletes.  The racism, sexism, and elitism that sport can promote (e.g., why is NBA prime time while the WNBA struggles to get even its match ups of the season on air).

However, beyond all this, the Canadian women hockey players provide a great example for all.  Until the absolute buzzer sounds and signifies the end of the game, do not give up.  With effort and perseverance, anything and everything is possible. When we think there is no hope left, nothing to continue working for, 2 inches of steel can turn your game around.

Nationalism

It is interesting to see 33+ million Canadians get behind the women’s hockey team.  The only thing that unites Canada is the fact we are all Canadians. For such a multicultural nation, superficially, not a lot is in common between individual Canadians randomly selected off the street from two distant Canadian cities. Or, so it seems.

Canada’s women’s hockey gold medal showed the strong nationalism amongst Canadians. A quick look on Twitter, TVs, social media, or photos from Olympic and related events, is showered with maple leafs, red, and pride. Proud to support our women and athletes. To represent and cheer for Canada.

Canadians, generally, are quiet, reserved, and modest. The Canadian women’s hockey team winning the gold medal shows that sometimes it’s okay to celebrate and rejoice in success. Not overly much. Just in very modest quantities.

A Call To Action

The 2014 Winter Games are nearly complete (as of Sunday evening).  Find a computer or TV and cheer on Canada (or your home and native land).  Support the athletes that work for 18-25 years to represent their country (i.e., you and I).  Let the athletes know they are making all Canadians proud – regardless of the end result.  Go Canada Go!

Further Reading

You may also be interested in reading: North America at Home and at the Olympics (click here)

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These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.

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