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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The History Between Team USA And Team Canada?

By Lisa Costantini | Jan. 13, 2022, 7:59 p.m. (ET)

When it comes to a winter competition leaderboard, Team Canada and Team USA are like the sports equivalent of peanut butter and jelly — they tend to go together. It's been that way since the beginning of international competitions.

Ahead of the Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games Beijing 2022, test your knowledge with 10 questions about the two neighboring nations in honor of their long Winter Olympic and Paralympic history. You can check your answers at the bottom of the page. 

Liam Hickey of Canada battles for the puck with Declan Farmer in the Ice Hockey gold medal game between Canada and United States during the Winter Paralympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on March 18, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


Question 1

What year did the U.S. and Canada first face each other in men's ice hockey on an Olympic stage?
  1. 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland
  2. 1944 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
  3. 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium
  4. 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France


Question 2

By population, out of the following four countries — Canada, USA, Russia and France — which one has won the most Paralympic winter medals per person?
  1. Team Canada
  2. Team USA
  3. Team Russia
  4. Team France


Question 3

Which athlete looking to punch their ticket to Beijing was born in Canada and won two gold medals for her home country before joining Team USA in 2021?
  1. Bobsledder Lolo Jones
  2. Snowboarder Jamie Anderson
  3. Figure skater Madison Hubbell
  4. Bobsledder Kaillie Humphries

The United States men's curling gold medalists Matt Hamilton, John Shuster, John Landsteiner, Tyler George and Joe Polo celebrate on on Feb. 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.


Question 4

When curler John Shuster and his men's team beat Team Canada to win the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, how many times had they beaten their longtime rivals in Olympic play before that?
  1. Never
  2. Once
  3. Twice
  4. Three times


Question 5

When Team USA landed on the top of the podium at the 2021 World Para Ice Hockey Championships, they defeated arch-rivals Team Canada 5-1 in the gold medal game. Team USA men's sled hockey has been on the podium how many times in the 11 editions of the competition?
  1. Nine
  2. Eleven
  3. Eight
  4. Five


Question 6

Which sport does Team Canada consistently fail to dominate the U.S. in, based on major international competition results?
  1. Ice hockey
  2. Curling
  3. Rugby
  4. Figure skating


Question 7

Which dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada will become the first Indigenous woman to play hockey for the U.S. in the Winter Olympic Games after getting named earlier this month to the team headed to Beijing?
  1. Grace Zumwinkle
  2. Abby Roque
  3. Dani Cameranesi
  4. Jesse Compher

United States players pose in the goal prior to the Women's Gold Medal Game against Canada at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


Question 8

The U.S. has been one of the most successful women's ice hockey teams in international play, having won gold or silver in every major tournament except for the Olympic Winter Games in 2006. They lost to Sweden in a shootout in Torino and finished in what place overall?
  1. Third (bronze medal)
  2. Second (silver medal)
  3. Fourth
  4. Fifth


Question 9

The rivalry between Team USA and Team Canada dates back to the early days of international competition and is the most competitive in the hockey rink. What year did the U.S. men first defeat their longtime rivals from the north at an Olympic Games?
  1. 1920
  2. 1960
  3. 1980
  4. 1956


Question 10

The last time an American figure skating duo stepped onto an Olympic podium in the pairs event — earning the bronze medal — two U.S. couples placed ahead of Team Canada's sixth-place finish. Which Games was it?

  1. Lillehammer 1994
  2. PyeongChang 2018
  3. Calgary 1988
  4. Torino 2006

C. 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium

Oddly enough, this was the first time ice hockey was introduced on an Olympic stage, and it was at a summer Games. That tournament also served as the first world championships.

A. Canada. 

Canada leads this list with four Paralympic winter medals for every one million people. The rest of the countries listed are as follows: France 2.5 medals  for every one million people; Russia 1.5 medals for every one million people; and the USA 1 medal for every one million people. 

D. Bobsledder Kaillie Humphries 

The Canadian native — and reigning world champion in both monobob and women's bobsledding — has lived in the U.S. since 2016 and officially earned U.S. citizenship on December 2, 2021.

B. Once

In the pool play leading up the medal rounds, Team USA defeated Team Canada 5-3 and would secure their best-ever finish with that gold medal.

A. Nine

The U.S. men have been on the podium at every world championship since they started competing back in 2004. The world championships first began in 1996.

D. Figure skating

Team USA has statistically also been triumphant in the following winter sports: snowboarding, speedskating, alpine skiing and bobsled, to name a few.

B. Abby Roque

The 24-year-old from Michigan is a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation based in Northern Ontario.

A. Third (bronze medal)

After being up 2-0, the U.S. fell 3-2 in the semis — their first-ever loss against Sweden — and bested Finland 4-0 to win the bronze medal. The women's team has medaled at every Olympics since women's hockey was added to the program in 1998.

B. 1960

Twenty years before the famous "Miracle On Ice," the U.S. men's ice hockey team upset Team Canada, winning gold for the first time — the second and most recent time would be 20 years later in 1980.

C. Calgary 1988

In total, Team USA has stood on the Olympic podium in the pairs event six times. The U.S. hopes to do it again at the Olympic Games Beijing 2022, where they have qualified two berths for pair skating.

Lisa Costantini

Lisa Costantini is a freelance writer based in Orlando. She has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications, and has contributed to TeamUSA.org since 2011.