10. 2010: The Canadians defend their home ice against the U.S.
If there’s one thing Canadians can always boast about over Americans, it’s having a better ice hockey talent pool. It’s the national pastime of an often frozen, vast country, so naturally they’d at least have that to fall back on. So, in 2010, that assumption of Canadian superiority was put to the test when the US ended up facing Canada in both the men’s and women’s hockey gold medal games. On the women’s side, both countries had blown away every opponent to reach the final, but the Americans finally met their match, losing 2-0 (the US had won the past two golds in women’s ice hockey). As for the men’s pool, the gold medal game was teeming with top NHL talent, which led to a brilliant final in which the US’s Zach Parise forced overtime by tying the game at 2 with just 25 seconds left. But eventually, it was Sidney Crosby finishing the game for Team Canada just under eight minutes into OT. Vancouver, of course, took a collective sigh of relief and rejoiced after their hockey teams defended their turf.
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