You have to know that this is the first time that I've had time to really enjoy watching the Olympics for a long time...and last night I had a real treat. I got to watch the Canadian Women's Team play Slovakia at the Slov team's first Olympics. The score doesn't even come close to telling the whole story.
Yes records were broken all over the place - biggest shut-out, most goals scored by players and some others while the Canadian women flexed their Gold Medal muscles. Slovakia came with their team to their first Olympics and while they did smoke the teams in qualifying they did face a huge challenge with the Canadians.
The whole story, though, wasn't on the Canadian line. It was in the Slovak net with Zuzana Tomcikova - she was amazing. She was WOW! Yes the girls from Canada did put 18 in the net, but Zuzana faced a whopping 67 shots on net and stopped 49! That's amazing...and she did it the whole game with style and with grace. She did her country proud, her school in Bemidji proud and everyone who watches hockey should have stood in awe of her.
Read Eric Stromgren's Blog, Up North Sports, for more on this amazing player and her Olympic debut in goal.
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game"
-Slogan printed on the helmet of Slovakian goalie Zuzana Tomcikova.
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