Peter Forsberg and the Olympics

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Peter Forsberg, one of the most iconic Olympic hockey players, will be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on Monday.

Forsberg won two Olympic gold medals (1994, 2006), played in four Olympics overall and scored the most famous shootout goal in Olympic history in the Lillehammer 1994 gold-medal game.

Forsberg began his senior international career by winning the World Championship with Sweden in 1992, three months after the Albertville Olympics.

Forsberg, then 18, would have been the youngest player (by three years) on the 1992 Sweden Olympic team had he been selected.

He was asked about the possibility of making the 1992 Olympic team on the day he was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 1991 NHL Draft.

“I don’t think I’m going to play there [in Albertville],” he said, according to the (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call. “I don’t think I’m good enough.”

Sweden finished fifth in Albertville without him.

Forsberg was plenty good enough for the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games. He was the second-youngest player on the team.source:

Forsberg was among the 1994 tournament leaders with six assists, but he is best remembered for scoring the gold medal-winning goal in the seventh round of an extended shootout with Canada in the final.

Forsberg skated to Canadian goalie Corey Hirsch‘s right and, as Hirsch lunged to his right, Forsberg cheekily leaned his arm and stick across Hirsch’s body and swept the puck into net.

The goal was commemorated on a Swedish stamp. Forsberg had exceeded the pre-Games billing as one of the most promising players in the tournament, the final Olympics before NHL players joined.

“It was and will always be a big part of my career and something that catapulted me into celebrity status in the hockey world,” Forsberg told NHL.com.

Forsberg returned for the Nagano 1998 Olympics, after winning Rookie of the Year and a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche.

In Nagano, Sweden fell to Finland in the quarterfinals and was coached by Forsberg’s father.

After missing the 2002 Olympics due to injury, Forsberg led Sweden with six assists en route to gold at the Torino 2006 Winter Games. He helped set up the game winner in a 3-2 victory over Finland in the final.

“When I was 20, I didn’t know how hard it would be to get back and win another gold medal,” Forsberg, who flew to Italy with a groin strain and didn’t play in the first two games, told media after the game.

Those were expected to be Forsberg’s final Olympics, but he returned for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics at age 36, almost two years after his last NHL game. (Forsberg later made a two-game NHL comeback in 2011.)

Forsberg did not star in Vancouver, recording one assist in four games as Sweden lost to Slovakia in the quarterfinals.

“This is not the way we wanted it to end,” Forsberg told The Associated Press after his final Olympic game.

Forsberg finished his Olympic career with two goals and 17 assists, according to sports-reference.com, a testament to his skills as one of the sport’s greatest playmakers.

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Injured Ilia Malinin wins Grand Prix Finland, qualifies for Grand Prix Final

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Ilia Malinin, competing “a little bit injured” this week, still won Grand Prix Finland and goes into the Grand Prix Final in two weeks as the world’s top-ranked male singles skater.

Malinin, who was second after Friday’s short program, landed four clean quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate to overtake Frenchman Kevin Aymoz.

Malinin, who landed a quad flip in competition for the first time, according to SkatingScores.com, also attempted a quad Axel to open his program, but spun out of the landing and put his hand down on the ice.

Malinin also won his previous two starts this season in come-from-behind fashion. The 17-year-old world junior champion became the first skater to land a clean, fully rotated quad Axel in September, then did it again in October at Skate America, where he posted the world’s top overall score this season.

Next, Malinin can become the second-youngest man to win the Grand Prix Final after Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. His biggest competition is likely to be world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who like Malinin won both of his Grand Prix starts this fall. Malinin and Uno have not gone head-to-head this season.

Grand Prix Finland highlights air on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Earlier, Japan’s Mai Mihara overtook world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium to become the only woman to win both of her Grand Prix starts this season. Mihara prevailed by .23 of a point. The top three women this season by best total score are Japanese, led by a junior skater, 14-year-old Mao Shimada, who isn’t Olympic age-eligible until 2030.

Mihara and Hendrickx qualified for the Grand Prix Final, joining world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe, both of Japan, South Korean Yelim Kim and American Isabeau Levito, the world junior champion.

Italians Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini won both pairs’ programs and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final.

Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Americans Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier headline the Final. Both pairs won each of their Grand Prix starts earlier this fall. The Japanese have the world’s two best scores this season. The Americans are reigning world champions.

At least one Russian or Chinese pair made every Grand Prix Final podium — usually pairs from both countries — but neither nation competed in pairs this Grand Prix season. All Russian skaters are banned due to the war in Ukraine. China’s lone entry on the Grand Prix across all disciplines was an ice dance couple.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier improved on their world-leading score for this season in winning the ice dance by 17.03 points over Americans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker. Both couples qualified for the Grand Prix Final in the absence of all three Olympic medalists this fall.

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Lara Gut-Behrami wins Killington giant slalom, and the overall title race may be on

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Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami rallied from third place after the first run for her 35th career World Cup victory, taking a giant slalom in Killington, Vermont, on Saturday.

Gut-Behrami, 31, earned her fifth World Cup giant slalom win and first in six years. She prevailed by .07 of a second over Italian Marta Bassino combining times from two windy runs. Sweden’s Sara Hector, the Olympic champion and first-run leader, ended up third.

“Last two years I’ve been getting better in GS again,” said Gut-Behrami, who won the GS at the last world championships in 2021. “Last year I was struggling with my health. I was all the time sick.”

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Gut-Behrami’s best events are downhill and super-G, so a strong start to the season in GS could put her on a path to winning the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing. She previously lifted that crystal globe in 2016.

Reigning World Cup overall champ Mikaela Shiffrin, who previously placed second, third, fourth and fifth in Killington giant slaloms, finished 13th after winning the season’s first two races, slaloms in Finland last week. It marked her lowest World Cup GS finish since December 2019.

“[Finland] was a spectacular weekend,” Shiffrin, who has not had much recent GS training, said after her 10th-place opening run Saturday. “Every race is a different story.”

Shiffrin won all five World Cup slaloms in Killington dating to 2016 and will go for her 50th career World Cup slalom victory across all venues on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC and Peacock).

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