Team GB scooped five medals on day six of Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games and four of them came in ice hockey.
In the mixed country ice hockey 3-on-3, Evan Nauth (Team Brown 6-5 Team Black) and Mirren Foy (Team Blue 6-4 Team Brown) both won their bronze medal matches, with Team Brown winning with under 10 seconds left on the clock.
First off the ice, Mirren Foy couldn’t hide her delight at winning bronze: “It’s amazing, I was crying with happiness when the game finished. The game ended up being too close for comfort but we managed to hold on. I’ve loved getting to know and playing with these players and I’ll miss them a lot – it’s been a great experience.”
After so many dominant displays during the tournament, Nauth was relieved to have secured the bronze in a last gasp manner: “The adrenalin is absolutely pumping through me. It was a tied game and we were all expecting a shoot out. We were even picking who was going to go and then Matyas [Sapovaliv, Czech Republic] scored with an incredible finish and made my heart come out of my chest. It brought us up after yesterday and the perfect way to end an amazing week.”
After the excitement of the bronze medal matches, Team GB were back in action soon after as they had a presence in both the men’s and women’s gold medal matches with Mack Stewart (Team Red) and Amy Robery (Team Black) in action.
Despite valiant performances from both players it was easy victories for their opponents, meaning both had to settle for silver, but a great outcome all the same.
Robery was very upbeat despite the defeat: “I’m actually really happy. We did lose but we gave it a really good go and we came so far, I’m just happy to get an Olympic medal.”
Stewart was slightly more downcast but was philosophical about the outcome: “We started the game strong but we dropped behind and our heads dropped a little bit but we did try to keep fighting. It does feel great to win an Olympic medal and to share it with some great team mates.”