Reflecting on Canada’s Gold Medal Victory: What Now?

March 2nd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Heading into the 2010 Olympic tournament Canada’s hockey team was the prohibitive favorite to win the gold medal. As fate would have it, Canada fulfilled the “experts” predictions, capturing the gold medal Sunday afternoon at the expense of the surprisingly strong American team.

It’s easy to say, “Canada won because they were expected to win,” but given their trials and tribulations throughout the Olympics, Canada earned the gold and were full value for their 3-2 win over Team USA.

At the other end, the American squad looked every bit as good as Canada for most of the game and, in some people’s eyes—namely USA head coach Ron Wilson’s—USA Hockey deserved a better result.

So, how is it a team/nation that was not supposed to even compete for a medal was playing Canada for gold on Sunday afternoon? Just how did team USA do it?

The obvious answer comes in the form of three very impressive players. Goaltender Ryan Miller; who led the tournament in wins with five, had the best save percentage at 94.56 percent and the second best goals against average at 1.34 per game—clearly, the tournaments most dominant performance.
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