According to Cassie Campbell of CBC Sports, American women's hockey player Hilary Knight said the United States planned to trounce Finland in their opening game at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Saturday after the United States were shocked by Finland in a 3-1 defeat at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid in November.
Well the United States did not trounce Finland on Saturday, but Knight scored a key first period goal in the first minute of the contest as the United States ironically beat Finland by the same 3-1 score. Knight's goal was key for the United States because the Americans did not relinquish the lead after she scored.
Knight's comments were just the latest in sports history where close to a guarantee was made and the athlete delivered. At the 1969 Super Bowl, Joe Namath guaranteed a New York Jets win and the Jets beat the Baltimore Colts 16-7. Then in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Mark Messier guaranteed a New York Rangers win over the New Jersey Devils in game six of the series. Messier recorded a hat trick in a 4-2 Rangers win.
The game had extra meaning for Canadian hockey fans because the United States and Finland are Canada's top two rivals in their pool.