After England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland fielded a unified British men’s team for the first time since the 1960 Olympics, it sounds like the four countries will once again part ways and field independent squads for the 2016 Olympics.
“We fought hard to get a team representing Britain when the Games was based here in London,” British FA secretary Alex Horne told the AP. “But I don’t see us repeating that for the men’s team in Rio.”
There wasn’t much enthusiasm for the continued unification after the men lost to South Korea on penalty kicks in London’s quarterfinals.
There were also concerns from the three countries not named England that the formation would jeopardize each team’s independent standing with FIFA, which governs the World Cup.
The women’s team, which also failed to medal, may not follow suit. They’re still hoping to put together a team for Rio that could take on the strong teams from America, Japan, and Canada that have dominated the lady’s soccer scene during the last few years.
The long, long wait is over.
Team USA ended their 42-year Olympic medal drought in cross-country skiing Wednesday and they made American cross-country history in the process.
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first American cross-country skiers to capture a gold medal by winning the women’s team sprint at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sweden captured silver and Norway took home bronze.
Diggins and Randall are the first American women to win an Olympic medal and join Bill Koch as the only American cross-country skiers to earn an Olympic medal.
The Americans advanced to the finals courtesy of their first place finish in the semifinals, beating Sweden and OAR in the process.
Diggins out-sprinted both the gold and silver medalists of the individual sprint (Stina Nilsson and Maiken Falla, respectively) in the final stretch to take the gold.
Gold: Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins (USA)
Silver: Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson (SWE)
Bronze: Marit Bjoergen and Maiken Falla (NOR)
Click here for a full recap of Team USA’s historic run
Petr Loukal scored the lone shootout goal as the Czech Republic defeated the United States and advance to the medal round.
Jan Kolar and Tomas Kundratek scored in regulation, while Pavel Francouz made 18 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts.
Ryan Donato scored his tournament-leading fifth goal, and Jim Slater added a shorthanded goal as the Olympics come to an end for the United States.