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At Long Last, Gold

For the first time in 20 years, USA women are Olympic hockey champions.

It took 20 years, but USA returned to women's Olympic hockey glory, defeating Canada 3-2 in an instant classic gold medal game. It wasn't easy, as America needed to survive a nail-biting overtime and shootout to dethrone the four-time defending Olympic champions. From the puck drop to the post-game party, a look back at USA's epic night on the ice.

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