Warroad watches hometown heroes in Sochi

WARROAD, Minn. - The U.S.-Canada gold medal women's hockey game had nearly the entire town of Warroad on fire Thursday as they watched one of their hometown heroes - Gigi Marvin - give it all for the gold. But unfortunately, Canada won it in a heartbreaker. Marie-Philip Poulin scored a power play goal in overtime to lift Canada to a 3-2 win.

But Warroad is very proud of its two Olympians and its place in Olympic history.

It's latest Olympic athletes are Marvin on the women's hockey team and TJ Oshie on the men's hockey team. Marvin and Oshie were once "King and Queen" of a high school dance in Warroad - even before they were toasts of the town.

Marvin's uncle owns Izzy's Lounge & Grill and as Gigi and the other skaters took the ice Thursday morning - the bar was packed.

Meanwhile, at another tense place for watching TV in Warroad, Gigi's brother, aunts, cousins and 88-year-old grandmother witnessed the loss.

Marvin's family said Gigi and her teammates would not accept the silver medal without some serious disappointment.

"They make a lot of sacrifices through the year to do what they do to be a part of Team USA, it would have been nice to come out on top," said Janet Marvin, Gigi's aunt.

You can bet Warroad is still incredibly proud of Gigi and the team. And there is a consolation prize... Warroad's other hometown kid, T.J. Oshie, still has a chance at gold. Not many towns of 1,800 people can say that.


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