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1998 Women’s Ice Hockey Team

Women's Ice Hockey

Gold medal, Nagano 1998 Winter Olympic Games

Roster:

Sara DeCosta, Sarah Tueting, Tara Mounsey, Angela Ruggiero, Colleen Coyne, Sue Merz, Vicki Movsessian, Chris Bailey, Lisa Brown-Miller, Karyn Bye, Laurie Baker, Sandra Whyte, A.J. Mlezcko, Jenny Schmidgall, Shelley Looney, Alana Blahoski, Katie King, Cammi Granato, Gretchen Ulion, Tricia Dunn

Coach:
Ben Smith

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1998 Women’s Ice Hockey Team

Women's Ice Hockey

Gold medal, Nagano 1998 Winter Olympic Games

Roster:

Sara DeCosta, Sarah Tueting, Tara Mounsey, Angela Ruggiero, Colleen Coyne, Sue Merz, Vicki Movsessian, Chris Bailey, Lisa Brown-Miller, Karyn Bye, Laurie Baker, Sandra Whyte, A.J. Mlezcko, Jenny Schmidgall, Shelley Looney, Alana Blahoski, Katie King, Cammi Granato, Gretchen Ulion, Tricia Dunn

Coach:
Ben Smith
Photo courtesy International Olympic Committee
The U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team’s gold medal at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympic Games had a lasting impact; there were 28,000 girls and women who played ice hockey at the time, a number that has grown to 80,000 today.
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RESULTS

Preliminary Round

U.S. 5, China 0

U.S. 7, Sweden 1

U.S. 4, Finland 2

U.S. 10, Japan 0

U.S. 7, Canada 4

Gold Medal Game

U.S. 3, Canada 1

The first-ever Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament saw the U.S. beat rival Canada twice in four days to claim the gold medal – victories that generally are credited for helping grow the game.

“That team will always be the first to win gold in the Olympics and the victory over Canada in the final game is one of the signature moments in USA Hockey history,” Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, said in 2017 when the team was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame. “The success of our ’98 women’s Olympic team has been a significant catalyst for growth in our sport and their positive impact on the sport continues today.”

Captain Cammi Granato, who had been a member of the national team since 1990, scored the team’s first Olympic goal, starting an opening 5-0 victory over China. The Americans won their next four games of pool play by a combined 28 to 7, including a 7-4 victory over Canada.

In the gold medal game, Gretchen Ulion and Shelley Looney gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead. After Canada closed within 2-1, Sandra Whyte – who had assisted on the first two U.S. goals – scored into an empty net to clinch the victory.

 
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