Despite the United States coming up short in men’s ice hockey, considered much of a disappointment for not even medaling there was a one sweet story from all of this. St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie’s dominating performance against Russia, which gave the United States a stunning 3-2 victory over the Russians.
The United States and Russia went to a shootout tied 2-2 in the preliminary game, and it was Oshie’s time to shine. Oshie converted on four out of six shootout attempts and completely dominated Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to give the U.S. the win. What made the win even better was the interview with Oshie after the game, when asked if he considered himself an American hero Oshie responded, “The American heroes are wearing camo. That’s not me.”
This quote put the game in perspective and capped off Oshie’s stellar day while showcasing his personality as well. This quote also reassures that an athlete that gets paid to play a sport does not consider himself a “hero” like the men and women fighting for our freedoms overseas. There is a big differences between those who risk their lives for our safety and those who participate in sports for our enjoyment. This quote by Oshie had an overwhelming response, filled with internet memes, pictures of soldiers overseas celebrating his game-winning shot and Captain America memes.
Oshie’s celebrity status happened overnight. He has gained close to 100k Twitter followers in the short two weeks in Sochi. Oshie joked by saying, “People are going to get bored with my tweets and hit the ‘unfollow’ button, Who’s this Oshie guy? Get him outta here.” You can follow him @OSH74. T.J. Oshie has not only made America proud, he also made sure the real heroes got their credit as well. This is what to me, makes T.J. Oshie an American hero.
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