By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com February 21 2014 2:51 PM ET
In a stunning upset, the U.S. women's hockey team was defeated by longtime rival Canada in an incredible game that went into overtime Thursday. The U.S. women were moments away from taking home the gold for the first time since winning the inaugural event in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.
The game included a couple of calls that were at the very least questionable, which some are blaming for the loss.
“It would’ve been nice if they just let us play, but you can’t control what calls the ref’s going to make,” U.S. center Kelli Stack told Sports Illustrated. “I’d rather [they] let us beat the crap out of each other and have no penalties called at all.”
There's no doubt that the women's team was devastated.
At least for Canadians, they got to share the joy that was Rob Ford celebrating the team's big win.
On the men's side in hockey, the U.S. and Canada will face off Friday, and both teams are stacked with several LGBT allies (like Brooks Orpik, James van Riemsdyk, and Ryan Kesler playing for Team USA, and Shea Weber, Sidney Crosby, and Duncan Keith playing for Team Canada). The game will be fascinating, since the U.S. team has been on the top of its game throughout the tournament, but the Canadians are always the ones to beat.
The Netherlands' speed skaters are looking to completely dominate the field, as they're the favorites to win the women's team pursuit. The team, which includes bisexual skater Ireen Wüst, already hit an Olympic record in the quarterfinal round, clocking in at 2:58.61. The semifinals and finals will take place Saturday.
That Olympic Feeling
Former Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek says he still can't shake the feeling of competition while he's staying in the Olympic Village through his partnership with the organization,
"I go through a lot of the same emotions that I used to go through when I was competing," he said. "When I hear the announcer's voice, announcing that it's time for warmup, and when I see the lights in the arena, and I see the other skaters getting ready, I feel like — I start to panic."
UESE IN SOCHI - An Interview with Evan Lysacek from UESE on Vimeo.
The Luger Who Cried Wolf
Turns out that wolf wasn't really roaming the halls of the Olympic Village in Sochi. Just another Jimmy Kimmel prank.