Olympics / Sports

Despite US-Canada stranglehold, women's hockey will remain in Olympics, official says

ADLER, Russia -- Once again, women's hockey has been less of a tournament here and more of a tune-up for the U.S. and Canada, but apparently the sport isn't going anywhere.

Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, said Tuesday that eliminating women's hockey from the Olympics has not been discussed among his fellow IOC members.

"It has never happened," he said. "It will continue."

The Americans and Canadians will play Thursday for the gold medal of the Sochi Games. Canada beat the U.S. on Feb. 12, 3-2.

Otherwise, both teams have dominated, Canada outscoring its opponents, 11-1, and the U.S. outscoring its opponents, 18-2.

The countries have won all the gold and silver medals available since women's hockey became an Olympic sport in 1998, except for one. Sweden was second to Canada at the 2006 Games in Turin.

The Canadian women have won each of the past three Olympic titles.

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