SOCHI, Russa -- It was a game where the Russians walked in loud, and walked out quiet.
“It’s a shame that we didn’t win,” one woman said to NBC Charlotte’s Dave Wagner after watching her home team lose to Team USA in the preliminary round of men’s hockey. “All people are crying now. Seriously."
After that match, Sochi became all about T.J. Oshie.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” he tells Dave.
Oshie’s successful shootout got a shout out from President Obama on Twitter. Oshie helped Team USA defeat Russia after a tie in regulation time, a round of sudden death overtime and then the shootout.
“No doubt your Twitter followers have increased dramatically?” – DW
“Yea, they have. I’ve got to be careful what I say on there, and I don’t want to disappoint anyone.” TO
Fans are also flocking to Oshie’s teammate Ryan Suter, who comes from a hockey family. His dad Bob was on the gold medal Olympic team that defeated Russia in 1980.
“Can you compare that game to the ‘Miracle on Ice?’” – DW
“I can’t. I don’t think you can. You know, that was – that was pretty special back in 1980 because ti was more than just a hockey game. There was a lot of stuff going on in the world and the whole country came together for that.” -- RS
Fans still felt the electricity in the recent game, including Peter Foss of Charlotte.
“The noise and the excitement inside – the spirit was fantastic,” he said.
Foss not only felt the exhilaration of the game while in Sochi. He was almost equally glad to miss the Charlotte snowstorm. He says his wife had to call and ask where to find a shovel.
Fans are celebrating with Team USA, and will continue to through the Olympics. While focused, even the stars can’t help but think of home.
Oshie has a bigger goal in the coming weeks. He and his fiancé are expecting a baby.
“I got five weeks to go. I guess my fiancé Lauren has five weeks to go, and we’re very excited,” he says.
He’s a dad who will one day have quite a story to tell about a special night on the ice in Sochi.