US women win first Winter Olympics hockey gold medal

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On February 17, 1998, in Nagano, Japan, the United States defeats Canada, 3-1, to win the gold medal in the first women’s hockey tournament held at the Winter Olympics.  “After these Olympics, I hope the sport grows times a million,” American forward Katie King says. “Anyone who watched the (gold medal) game, they’re going to want to watch more women’s hockey.”

Said American forward Tricia Dunn: “I’m speechless and amazed that we played a near-perfect game.”

The win was especially sweet for the United States, which had lost four times to Canada in the Women’s World Hockey Championship since 1990.



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