There’s no bad way to win a gold medal at the Olympics. If the United States women’s hockey team had beaten Canada with a nasty deflection off a Canadian defender’s skate, it wouldn’t had made any difference to them. The win still would have marked the United States’ first gold since 1998. It still would have been sweet redemption for an overtime loss to Canada in the gold medal game in Sochi.
But it’s way better to win the way the United States did: with Jocelyne Lamoureux scoring off the nastiest deke you’re ever going to see in your life.
It’s an astonishing triple move. And before we get into the breakdown, it already has a name, inspired by Britney Spears.
Monique Lamoureux-Morando just told Pierre McGuire that Jocelyne's shootout move is something they've been working on with their skills coach and it has a name -- "Oops I Did it Again."— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) February 22, 2018
The sequence was Toxic for Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados, and it probably drove her Crazy. The first move, a fake wrist shot, gets Szabados off her skates and down on her pads.
The second, a hard sell to the backhand, gets Szabados overcommitting to her right.
By the time Lamoureux pulls the puck back across the goal to her forehand side, there’s nothing Szabados can do. She tries to readjust anyway and she falls backwards, leaving Lamoureux an open spot to pass the puck into the net.
So much happens during this move, but watch the video at full speed again. All of these things — all three of Lamoureux’s moves and all of Szabados’ attempted adjustments — happen in under two seconds.
It’s an exclamation point on a win this United States team has been chasing for a long time. The Americans caught up to Canada in women’s hockey a while ago — the U.S. has won four consecutive World Championships, including two held in Canada, beating the Canadians in the final each time — but this group had yet to get the job done on the world’s biggest stage. Now they finally have their gold medal, and they did it in style with a moment that will live on Olympic highlight reels forever.