GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Americans played their way back into the only women’s hockey game that matters: a showdown with Canada for the Olympic gold medal.

The U.S. is back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after shutting out Finland 5-0 on Monday in the semifinals. They will face their archrival on Thursday, and the Americans will be trying to win their first gold since 1998 when women’s hockey made its Olympic debut.

“Definitely the rivalry has been there since I think I was born, so everyone’s looking forward to that,” said 22-year-old Dani Cameranesi.

Cameranesi scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Americans past Finland. Gigi Marvin started the scoring, and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Hilary Knight scored during a power play 34 seconds apart in the second period.

Canada is a four-time Olympic champion and has won the last five games against the U.S.

Jennifer Wakefield scored twice in Canada’s 5-0 semifinal win over the Russian team.


WOMEN’S ALPINE SKIING: After another weather-related change to the schedule, Mikaela Shiffrin has dropped Wednesday’s downhill.

With winds expected to increase later in the week, organizers shifted the combined from Friday to Thursday.

Skipping the downhill allows Shiffrin to avoid back-to-back races and focus on the combined, where she will contend for gold. Her attempt to medal in five events didn’t go as planned. She dropped two events because of schedule changes and finished a surprising fourth in the slalom, her best event.

WOMEN’S FREESTYLE SKIING: Canada’s Cassie Sharpe gave her country its first medal in the halfpipe, posting the top two scores in the final Tuesday.

France’s Marie Martinod added a second silver to go with the one she captured in Sochi, and American Brita Sigourney slipped past teammate Annalisa Drew on her final run for bronze.

BOBSLED: Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada and Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany will share the two-man gold medal after both teams made their way down nearly four miles of ice in exactly the same time: 3 minutes, 16.86 seconds.

MEN’S SPEEDSKATING: Havard Lorentzen of Norway won the 500-meter gold medal in an Olympic record time of 34.41 seconds to beat Cha Min-Kyu of South Korea by 0.01 seconds.

SKI JUMPING: Robert Johansson nailed a leap of 136 meters with the final jump to give Norway victory in large hill team ski jumping and its 11th gold.

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