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The 2014 Winter Olympics get underway February 7 in Sochi, Russia. More than 85 nations will be represented this year, and some of the athletes who will compete come from Idaho.Over the coming weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of these Idaho Olympians. You'll meet an ice hockey forward from Sun Valley to a woman making her bid for the U.S. Virgin Islands’ ski team.You’ll find our Olympics coverage ahead of the games and during, along with stories from NPR’s team of reporters, right here on this page.Plus, connect with Idaho's Olympic athletes on Twitter.

Northwest Claims Another Medal, But It Comes In Heartbreaking Hockey Loss

Hilary Knight of Sun Valley
Hilary Knight of Sun Valley

More Olympic hardware is coming home to the Northwest, but it comes via a heartbreaking loss. 

Team Canada beat the U.S women’s ice hockey squad 3-2 Thursday in Sochi. That means the U.S teammates - including Hilary Knight of Sun Valley - receive silver medals.

Disappointment was written in bold on the faces of the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team after Canada scored a tie-breaking goal in sudden death overtime. That became the difference between silver and gold.

The disappointment stretched halfway around the world to a Sun Valley tavern populated with fans and acquaintances of the American team’s top scorer, Hilary Knight.

Former hockey goalie Cathy Butterfield said everyone locally was pulling for the hometown Olympian and her team.

"It was such a close game and they played so well," Butterfield said. "That last call was a little sketchy. But you know, that’s hockey."

Hilary Knight is the second Sun Valley athlete to medal at the Sochi Games.  Last week,snowboarderKaitlynFarrington won gold in thehalfpipe. 

Pretty good for a valley with a total population under 20,000, said the owner of Grumpy’s Tavern, Pete Prekeges. He said he can make peace with Knight’s silver.

"We’re as proud of her as we are of Kaitlyn. You know, just to be an Olympian, to be one of those top 20 people in your field, I mean, really, it’s pretty amazing."

On Friday morning, Team USA gets a chance to even the score with Canada. The U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team takes on the Canadians in a semi-final game in the same arena.

And again there’s a regional connection. Star U.S. forward T.J. Oshie was raised in Everett, Wash.

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