Capitals forward TJ Oshie made a name for himself in the 2014 Sochi Olympics with an astounding shootout performance that pushed Team USA to defeat Russia. He even got a shoutout from President Obama. Last night, Gigi Marvin did the same, ultimately contributing a shootout goal to help the American women’s hockey team win gold.
It turns out these two have more in common that their shootout skills: the pair not only went to the same high school, but were crowned Queen and King of the school’s “Frosty Festival” in 2005.
@russianmachine That's a different look for #74.
— Joe LaCour (@joecct77) February 22, 2018
In what appears to be a yearbook photo, Oshie matches his bright sky blue tie to Marvin’s dress at the dance, which took place at Warroad High School. Oshie’s bright blonde hair also matches Marvin’s, but that delightful fact probably wasn’t intentional. Marvin and Oshie also respectively sport a tiara and a sash.
The high school in question is located in Warroad, Minnesota only seven miles from the Canadian border. In a freezing town where the ice rink is a second home to most youth, it’s no surprise that two hockey superstars were chosen as king and queen. The town actually calls itself “Hockeytown USA” because of the disproportionate number of hockey-playing Olympians it’s produced for a town of less than 1,800.
Oshie and Marvin’s relationship goes back even further than their royal pursuits. The two attended a summer hockey camp together as kids, and even got into a bit of a scrap when they were just 9 or 10 years old.
Oshie earned his shootout fame in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He scored four goals on six attempts to help the USA defeat Russia, though neither team medaled in the tournament.
In the gold medal game against Canada in PyeongChang, Marvin opened up the scoring in the opening round of the shootout. Her goal helped the USA women’s team win its first gold medal in two decades, 38 years to the day after the famed Miracle on Ice.
GIGI MARVIN pic.twitter.com/0Q1ELgmkO6
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) February 22, 2018
Gigi Marvin – GOAL! pic.twitter.com/bDHy9rbJ3K
— stephen (@dolewhipz) February 22, 2018
Oshie wished his former Queen congratulations on Twitter after the gold medal game last night.
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) February 22, 2018
Back in 2014, cousin of TJ Oshie and 1972 silver medal winner Henry Boucha said “If [Marvin and Oshie] both brought home gold, we might have to build a statue for the Frosty King and Queen.” Oshie might not have gotten a gold quite yet, but it looks like Warroad might want to start planning for that statue.
Headline photo via @joecct77
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