Men’s ice hockey has officially come to a close in Beijing with Finland coming out on top.
This is the first-ever Olympic Gold medal in men’s ice hockey for the Finns. To win Gold they defeated the ROC, aka the reigning champs, in a 2-1 final. Hannes Bjorninen and his glorious mustache were the ones to score the GWG just 31 seconds into the 3rd period. It’s about time the Finns got their gold. They’ve been killing it in hockey for a while now. Their men’s team won the gold at the 2019 World Championships and they made it to the final in 2016, 2019, and 2021. Both of their losses in 2016 and ’21 came at the hands of Canada. They also won the Bronze in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. Their women’s national team has collected 13 bronze medals at the Women’s World Championships, in 2019 they won the silver. At the Olympics, their team has claimed 4 bronze medals, one of which from this year.
Good for Finland. They’ve been knocking at that door for a long time. With their win, the ROC gets silver and Slovakia won the bronze earlier today. And just like that, the main events of the 2022 Winter Olympics are over (to me) and I can delete the app from my phone. Congratulations to the winning teams.
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