Hungarian-Canadian Shannon Szabados, goalkeeper of the defending Olympic champion Canadian women’s ice hockey team went for her third Olympic gold at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, after previous victories against the United States at both Sochi and Vancouver, but the US team won against their biggest rival in Thursday’s finals in a shootout.
The 31-year-old Szabados, whose great-grandparents were Hungarians, was the first female hockey player in the Southern Professional Hockey League after signing on as a goalie for the Columbus, Georgia Cottonmouths as well as the first woman to record a shutout in a men’s professional league. She was the goalie of the winning Canadian team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 one in Sochi.
This year’s final against the US came down to 20 minutes of scoreless overtime, and then a dramatic shootout, where it took six attempts for the Americans to finally prevail, with Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s winning goal.
Although the Canadian team has lost the game and Szabados haven’t won her third Olympic gold, she was named best goalie of the whole tournament thanks to a pokecheck save she made in the third period, along with a number of excellent blocker saves.
Women’s hockey debuted in 1998 in the Olympic program. Since then, Canada has won four gold medals, while the United States has two after taking home an Olympic gold for the first time since 1998. This year, the Finnish hockey team came third at the Olympics.
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