The United States women’s ice hockey team will roll with goalie Jessie Vetter as their starter for at least their first game of the 2014 Olympics, USA Today’s Kevin Allen reports. The American team faces potential upset threat Finland on Saturday.
Such a nod can be a larger sign of approval, although hockey coaches often rotate netminders to see if one gets on a hot streak, especially during a short tournament.
American head coach Katey Stone has good reason to stick with Vetter, 28, as she already has the experience of starting on the U.S. team that won silver in 2010. That being said, gold is the goal as America continues its women’s ice hockey rivalry with Canada.
Brianne McLaughlin was hoping to usurp Vetter after backing her up in Vancouver, but it’s plausible that Vetter maintains the upper hand in Stone’s eyes. That could change quickly if things don’t go well for the American team, though.
Great Britain track cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were married on Saturday, according to their social media. Together the couple has won 10 Olympic gold medals, including five at the 2016 Rio Games.
Trott referred to her wedding day as “the happiest day of my life” on Instagram.
“With all my family and close friends I married my best friend,” she wrote. “We had the most amazing day and I’m so pleased to finally be able call Jason my husband.”
The couple’s romance became public at the 2012 Olympics, when they were photographed kissing in the stands behind David Beckham at the women’s beach volleyball finals, according to Sky News. By December 2014, they were engaged. They plan on returning to training after the honeymoon.
Kenny owns seven Olympic medals, including six golds. He has helped Great Britain win team sprint gold medals at every Olympics since 2008.
Trott won gold medals in team pursuit and omnium in Rio, after claiming gold medals in the same events in London. She became the first British woman with four career Olympic gold medals.
Instead of asking for gifts, the couple set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Dementia UK. You can donate here.
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Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.
Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.
He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.
The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.
Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.
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