Canadian women's hockey team, 2010. Coach
Melody Davidson is in the front row, second from the right.
The rivalry between the two teams made for an incredible final game, but the
path to victory for Canada started much earlier, with a lot of hard work.
The team underwent intense training and followed a tough schedule with plenty of
practice. Maintaining strong motivation was crucial.
“We pushed them outside of their comfort zone,” Davidson said.
The rigorous training paid off in the preliminary round. Canada played Slovakia,
beating them with an unimaginable score of 18-0.
“We knew we’d have a couple games like that,” Davidson said. “We wanted to win.”
Expectations were high, and fans nationwide eagerly anticipated the final game
against the United States.
It was an intense game, but in the end Canada won, 2-0.
“Canada is expected to win all the time,” Davidson said of the pressures her
When the final buzzer sounded, signaling that Canada had won the gold, it was a
moment of relief, gratitude and pride.
“Thank God it’s over,” said Davidson. “We did it.”
The Canadian win is the latest chapter in the relatively short history of
women’s Olympic hockey. Hockey is a male-dominated sport, and it was only in
1992 that the International Olympic Committee voted to introduce women’s hockey
into the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Canadian hockey teams dominated the sport in the late 90’s, but American teams
eventually became good enough to compete with Canada.
A hockey rivalry was born, inspiring hockey pools, betting and the general
excitement among fans.
As for the future of women’s hockey, Davidson said perseverance and having a
tough skin is key for young girls dreaming of playing hockey in the Olympics.
“Work hard, and realize that there are a lot of opportunities,” Davidson said.