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Winning Gold

Canada's incredible 2002 Olympic victory in women's hockey

by (author) Lorna Schultz Nicholson

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
General, Olympics, Hockey
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


The 2002 Winter Olympics were hosted by Salt Lake City, Utah. Just four years previous, Women's Hockey had become an official Olympics sport, at Nagano, Japan. There, the Canadian team had been favoured to win the gold. They were the World Championship winners, after all. Yet in a disappointing final game, Team Canada lost to the USA and ended up with a silver. Now, heading into the 2002 winter Games, they're on a losing streak. What would it take for our women to bring home the gold?
[Fry Reading Level - 3.1

About the author


LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON a grandi à St. Catharines, en Ontario. Enfant, elle aimait lire, écrire et jouer à plusieurs sports. Elle a joué en tant que défenseure dans une équipe de hockey féminine et elle était membre de l'équipe nationale d'aviron. Elle est une auteure reconnue de livres destinés aux pré-ados et ados, de la série d'albums illustrés Puckster et de plusieurs livres documentaires sur le hockey. Lorna habite à Edmonton, en Alberta.


LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, and as a child loved to read, write and compete in all kinds of sports. She is the respected author of many middle-grade and YA novels, the Puckster picture book series, and several non-fiction books about hockey, including the Amazing Hockey Stories series. Lorna lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family. Not surprisingly, she is a HUGE Edmonton Oilers fan. Visit her online at


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  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, One of the Year's Best -- Resource Links

Editorial Reviews

"Like the rest of the [Recordbooks titles in the publisher's online catalogue, WInning Gold demonstrates Lorimer's commitment ot publish Canadian content by Canadian writers for a Canadian audience...this compact 111-page book benefits from the author's credibility and connections....All things considered, it's clearly time to check the ideaa that hockey is a sport reserved for men."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"...not only educational but also presents an interesting and fast paced read. ...Readers will love learning about a pivotal moment in Canadian Women's Hockey in this enjoyable narrative."
Rated E [Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!

Resource Links - Vol. 16, No. 1

Librarian Reviews

Winning Gold: Canada’s Incredible 2002 Olympic Victory in Women’s Hockey (Recordbooks)

When women’s hockey became an official Olympic sport in Nagano, Canada’s female team was expected to win gold. When they brought home the silver, it was a huge upset. As they headed into the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, they’d been on an eight-game losing streak to the favoured American team. What no one knew was that the players had harnessed a special tool to help them win — the power of belief.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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