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US, Canada to Face Off in Ice Hockey Semifinals at Sochi

Zach Parise, the captain of the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team, speaks to the media in Sochi, Feb. 11, 2014. (Parke Brewer/VOA)
Zach Parise, the captain of the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team, speaks to the media in Sochi, Feb. 11, 2014. (Parke Brewer/VOA)
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The United States and Canada renew their rivalry on the ice Friday in the men's hockey semifinal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Canadian men have won gold in two of the three past Olympics, including in 2010 in Vancouver over the United States. The two nations squared off Thursday in the women's ice hockey final, which Canada won 3-2 in overtime.

The other semifinal men's hockey matchup features Sweden and Finland in a rematch of the 2006 Turin Olympics, when Sweden took the gold. The two nations have also met four times for the world championship, which each side winning two.

In other events, Slovenian skier Tina Maze is seeking her third gold medal at the Sochi games in the women's slalom. Eighteen year old American Mikaela Shiffrin is also among the favorites in the event.

Canada is looking for its third straight Olympic gold in men's curling when it squares off against Britain, which is seeking the country's first medal in the event since 1924.

Other medal events include the men's short-track speedskating 5,000 meter relay, women's short-track 1,000 meter speedskating, men's short track 500 meter speedskating and the women's ski cross.

After Thursday's events, the United States leads in the overall medal count with 25, followed by Russia with 23, the Netherlands with 22, Norway with 21 and Canada with 20. In gold medals, Norway leads with 10, and the U.S. and Germany are tied with eight apiece.

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