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00000179-c810-d4c2-a579-fdd2fe840003The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off Feb. 8 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and over a dozen Olympians have ties to Vermont, with many more having trained or gone to school here.In fact, Vermont is tied for sixth among states sending the most Olympic athletes in Team USA this year (Colorado takes first, in case you were curious!)Meet The 2018 Vermont OlympiansTo help you keep track of local athletes as they compete in Pyeongchang, we've gathered their bios by team:Alpine Skiing | Biathlon | Bobsleigh & Luge | Cross-Country Skiing | Freestyle Skiing | Ice Hockey | Snowboard We'll be keeping track of the results every weekday morning on the Sports Report and on VPR's Facebook and Twitter accounts.Vermonter Mikaela Shiffrin at last year's Alpine Skiing World Championships. Her first event in Pyeongchang is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12.

U.S. Women's Hockey Team Will Face Canada In Gold Medal Game At Winter Olympics

Gigi Marvin of the U.S., rear right, celebrates her goal in the first period of the women's semifinal match against Finland on Sunday. The victory sends the Americans to the gold medal match at the Pyeonghang Winter Olympics
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Gigi Marvin of the U.S., rear right, celebrates her goal in the first period of the women's semifinal match against Finland on Sunday. The victory sends the Americans to the gold medal match at the Pyeonghang Winter Olympics

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET

The U.S. women's ice hockey team dismantled Finland in their semifinals matchup at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Monday, scoring goals early and often and claiming a spot in the gold medal game, where they will face Canada.

The U.S. team scored two goals in each of the first two periods; a pair of scores came in less than one minute in the second period.

Gigi Marvin set the tone just minutes into the game, scoring on assists from Meghan Duggan and Amanda Pelkey. Near the end of the first period, Dani Cameranesi scored unassisted — the first of her two goals today.

From there, the rout was on, with Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scoring while the U.S. enjoyed a two-player advantage during a power play, and Hilary Knight adding another goal just 34 seconds later, during a one-player power play. It was the first goal of the tournament for Knight, a forward who's one of the best American players; she had previously assisted on goals.

The U.S. controlled play throughout, taking 38 shots to 14 for Finland.

The Americans will play in the gold medal game, which will air live in the U.S. on Wednesday night. In Korea, the final will start at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday — that's 11:10 p.m. ET and 8:10 PT Wednesday night in the U.S.

With the win, the U.S. set up another showdown with Canada, the winners of every Olympic gold medal since the U.S. won the first women's tournament back in 1998. The rivals have repeatedly faced off to decide Olympic and world championships over the past 20 years.

Canada defeated the U.S. 2-1 last Thursday in group play, and the team earned the right to face the U.S. again when they beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia team in Monday's later game. The Canadians even posted the same score as the U.S. did in its win: 5-0.

The team from Russia will face Finland in the bronze medal match this week.

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