USA-Canada: Eight fast facts
The heated hockey rivalry between the USA and Canada continues on Thursday when the women square off with the gold medal on the line at the Sochi Olympics. Here are eight fast facts about the teams and their ever-growing rivalry.
1. Canada has advanced to all five gold-medal games in Olympic history and is 3-1 in championship games heading into Thursday's showdown against the United States.
2. The United States last beat Canada at the Olympics in the inaugural tournament in 1998 in Nagano, taking the gold with a 3-1 win.
3. Thursday will mark the fourth time Canada and the USA have played each other for the Olympic gold medal (1998, 2002, 2010).
4. Eleven players on Team USA played in the final against Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Only Julie Chu, 31, was on the team for Salt Lake City and Turin. She has two silvers and a bronze.
5. Canada (13) and the USA (6) have combined to win every Olympic and world championship title in women's hockey history.
6. In the lead up to the gold-medal clash, Canada has outscored its opponents by a margin of 14-3 and the United States has a 20-5 edge. Before the nations met in the title game of the 2010 Vancouver Games, they had combined to outscore their opponents 86-4.
7. During a seven-game pre-Olympic series between the teams, Canada won the first three meetings and the United States won the last four. Two of the games resulted in brawls.
8. Canada beat the United States 3-2 in a preliminary-round game on Wednesday in Sochi. It was the Canadians' third straight Olympic win over the Americans.