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As a Washington Capitals fan it pains me to do this, but after Canada defeated the United States of America, 3-2 in overtime, to win the gold medal in men’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, it must be recognized that forward Sidney Crosby is a winner.

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He put the decisive goal past US goalie Ryan Miller, to send the host country into a joyous frenzy. A friend of mine in Toronto immediately posted on her Facebook page that the fireworks were being shot off in celebration near her.

As it happened all I could think was, “there is only one way that this can end that will make me utterly miserable.” And the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to torture me further, even with the NHL on temporary hiatus.

Crosby was not necessarily spectacular in the Olympics, but he did what needed to be done to help his team win. At times he seemed like a role player, not wearing a “C” or even one of the assistant captain designations. He still managed to end two games: one as a shootout game-winner, and today to fire the final shot of a tournament that should already have fans excited for 2014 and Sochi.

Crosby now has earned a Stanley Cup championship and an Olympic Gold Medal in his young career. Call him a cry-baby, whiner, or, as I have seen and maybe even said, worse, but you must also call him a winner.

I hope Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals can equal the count with Sid’s Penguins and the Stanley Cup before #8 also gets a chance to earn gold for his home country the way “The Kid” delivered today for Canada.

Congrats Canada – your country, athletes and fans.

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