Goalkeeper Florence Schelling of Switzerland looks back at the puck after Jenni Hiirikoski's of Finland scored during the first period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

IOC: Women's hockey won't get booted from Olympics

February 12, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) IOC spokesman Mark Adams says organizers are ''very pleased'' with the quality of play in the women's hockey tournament so far in Sochi.

Because of a format change that separated the top and bottom teams in the world, there have been fewer blowouts than in past Olympics.

Then-IOC President Jacques Rogge had been quoted after the Vancouver games as saying, ''We cannot continue without improvement.'' But Adams says the former president was supportive of women's hockey and was only thinking ''way into the future.''

The United States and Canada are the sport's two biggest powers, winning every gold medal at the Olympics and world championships.

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