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Women's Olympic hockey's top moments
Also her country's flag bearer, Hayley Wickenheiser led three-time defending gold-medal champion Canada into Sochi as favorites to win it all once again.
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However, the U.S. went to Sochi looking as if it would be tough to beat, itself.
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Although the U.S. and Canada were favorites for gold, Japan, an surprise Olympic qualifier, became a favorite of a different kind for many due to the team's cheerful nature.
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Another team that went to Sochi as underdogs was Switzerland, which was led by goalie Florence Schelling all the way to bronze medals -- Switzerland's first medals in hockey -- men's or women's -- since 1948.
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Despite the presence of some promising new Olympic entrants, Amanda Kessel (pictured) and the U.S. somewhat easily breezed its way into the gold-medal game for a rematch with Canada.
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