Just last month, the U.S. women’s hockey team did more than win the Olympic gold medal in Pyeongchang, the team’s first since 1998. They also played what may have been the most exciting hockey game of the year.

Who would’ve imagined the game coming down to a shootout against the Canadian team, one of the world’s true powerhouses? Who could imagine the pressure on American star Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson at that moment?

Of course, this medal was a long time coming, and it required a massive effort on the part of everyone involved.

A Triple Play

After the game, a certain play received lots of press attention. It’s called the “Oops, I Did It Again.”

Peter Elander, the team’s coach, has been relying on this crafty maneuver since the days when that Britney Spears song was ubiquitous on the radio. He first showed it to Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson in 2012.

This move is extremely difficult to pull off because it involves three actions in rapid succession as well as a precise shifting of the body. In essence, the player fakes a shot, fakes a second backhand shot (hence the name) and then makes the goal. The goalie might not be tricked by the first phony move, but is likely to be fooled by that second imaginary shot.

It’s such an advanced tactic that it took Jocelyne a great deal of work to master. For a period of about four years, she and her teammates practiced it over and over again.

Jubilation

Jocelyne wasn’t the only Lamoureux to score during this game. Her twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Morando also got the puck past the Canadian goalie. By the way, the sisters have played hockey together since they were very young.

During their gold medal ceremony, the members of the U.S. women’s hockey team were clearly overjoyed, and their celebration continued with parties and an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. After years of Coach Elander’s rigorous workouts, which often involved skating around numerous tires and cones in the pursuit of perfection, they definitely deserved to bask in their glory.

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