But the preliminary-round men’s ice hockey game between Team USA and Team Russia, which ended in an eight (!)-round shootout, was nothing if not an edge-of-your-seat thriller.
The long-standing rivalry between the U.S. and Russia was on full display on the ice, and neither team seemed to be taking any chances. At the end of regulation, the teams stood at two goals a piece, and a fruitless overtime period would take the game to a nail-biter shootout.
Still, in a game full of hockey’s best power players, it was American teammate T.J. Oshie who would earn the day’s MVP Award: He scored four times in the marathon shootout, including the game-winning goal that seemed to take Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky by surprise.
Both teams still have quite a journey to the podium, but the United States’ triumph on Saturday put the team one step closer to a medal. The U.S. takes on Slovenia on Sunday.
What was your favorite moment from Saturday’s winter games? Did your heart ache for U.S. skeleton racer John Daly, whose chances at a medal slipped away (along with his sled)? Or was it Swedish skier Charlotte Kalla’s surprising gold-medal finish in the cross-country relay that had you jumping for joy? Sound off in the comments!Follow @rebeccaiannucci