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11 Numbers That Explain the U.S.'s World Cup Win

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The United States Women's national team made all kinds of history when they beat Japan 5-2 and won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. How special was this feat? Let's crunch some numbers to find out.


Only two people have ever scored hat-tricks in a World Cup Final (men’s or women’s) match: Sir Geoff Hurst and Carli Lloyd. Hurst's came at Wembley Stadium when England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966.


It took Carli Lloyd only 13 minutes to complete her hat-trick. Amazingly, that isn't even the fastest hat-trick at the 2015 Women's World Cup—Switzerland's Fabienne Humm scored three goals against Ecuador in only five minutes.


Famed Mexican soccer announcer Andres Cantor spent 38 seconds screaming, "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!" after Carli Lloyd completed her hat-trick.


Assuming the pitch at BC Place was the standard 105 meters in length, that Lloyd goal was shot from approximately 56 yards away. (And the Japanese keeper wishes she was standing one yard farther back when Lloyd struck it.)


16 minutes into the match, the U.S. had already scored four goals. That's the fastest it has ever taken a team to get four goals in any game in Women's World Cup history.


That last two Women's World Cup finals were both played between the U.S. and Japan, and the combined goal total for these matches is 11 (2-2 before penalties in 2011, 5-2 in 2015). There were ten goals combined in the previous six finals before 2011.


40-year-old Christie Rampone has played in five World Cups, and her brief appearance against Japan made her the oldest woman in history to play in a World Cup. She'll need to come back for the 2019 World Cup to break the men's record holder, however. Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón was 43 years and 3 days old when he last played for his country in 2014.


The USWNT held opponents scoreless for 539 straight minutes. Had they kept Japan out for 29 minutes instead of 27, they would have set a new record for longest shutout streak, currently held by Germany for their 540 straight goal-less minutes during the 2007 World Cup.


After beating Japan 5-2, the USWNT has a +77 goal differential throughout their seven World Cup appearances.


Despite their dominance, the U.S. endured a 16-year wait between World Cup Finals wins.


The United States is the only team to have won three Women's World Cup titles. They'll go for four in France in 2019.

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6 New Events Will Debut At This Year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
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It’s that time again! The 2018 Winter Olympic Games will kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 9, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is adding a handful of new events to the festivities. In 2014, 12 new events—including Men’s and Women’s Ski Half-Pipe and Biathlon Mixed Relay—were added to make the Sochi Games more challenging and exciting. This year, six new events will make their debut in PyeongChang.

Here’s what’s new for 2018: While it started out as an X-Games event, extreme athletes will now get their chance to win gold medals in Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Big Air, which sees competitors performing their best spins and tricks after launching off a large (about 160 feet) ramp. For the first time, the Alpine skiing Nations Team Event will make its debut; the event features mixed teams of two men and two women going head-to-head in a series of downhill slalom races in a best-of-four competition.

Next up, Men’s and Women’s Speed Skating Mass Start features a maximum of 28 athletes in a 16-lap race, where all participants start at the same time with winner-takes-all stakes. Speed Skating Mass Start first appeared during the Lake Placid games in 1932, but has sat out the Winter Olympics in the 85 years since, so it's prepared to make a triumphant return.

Lastly, there's Curling Mixed Doubles. The new event consists of teams of two, a man and a woman, competing in a curling match with eight ends and five stones, instead of the traditional 10 and eight, respectively. In addition, there’s a 22-minute limit to get a team’s stones closest to the center button of the house.

The Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will air on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Watch These Surfers Crush Nantucket's 'Slurpee' Waves

Instead of hunkering down with Netflix and hot chocolate during the East Coast’s recent cold snap, surfers Nick Hayden and Jamie Briard spent the first few days of January 2018 conquering icy waves in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The frothy swells resembled a frozen 7-Eleven Slurpee, so photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh, a friend of the athletes, grabbed his camera to capture the phenomenon, according to deMilked.

The freezing point for salt water is 28.4°F, but undulating ocean waves typically move too much for ice particles to form. At Nantucket’s Nobadeer Beach, however, conditions were just right for a thick layer of frost to form atop the water’s surface for several hours. Some of the slushy crests were even surfable before melting after about three hours, Nimerfroh told Live Science.

This is the second time Nimerfroh has photographed so-called “Slurpee waves." He captured a similar scene on February 27, 2015, telling The New York Times, “I saw these crazy half-frozen waves. Usually on a summer day you can hear the waves crashing, but it was absolutely silent. It was like I had earplugs in my ears.”

Check out Nimerfroh’s video of surfers enjoying the icy swell below.

[h/t deMilked]


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