President Trump congratulates women's hockey team on gold medal

Though his Twitter feed has been active, President Donald Trump had not tweeted about the PyeongChang Olympics since the Games began earlier this month.

That all changed Thursday when the president offered congratulations to the U.S. women’s hockey team after it knocked off Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win the gold medal in dramatic fashion.

“On behalf of an entire Nation, CONGRATULATIONS to the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team on winning the GOLD!” Trump wrote.

The Americans trailed 2-1 in the third period until Jocelyne Lamoureux-Morando snuck a wrist shot past the glove of Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados with 6:21 left in the third. Lamoureux-Morando’s goal ultimately forced overtime, and when the 20-minute sudden death period came and went without a goal, it was time for a shootout.

Again it was Lamoureux-Morando who came up in the clutch, besting Szabados with a nifty move to put the U.S. ahead in the shootout. Canada still had a chance, but a save by 20-year-old goalie Maddie Rooney gave Team USA its first Olympic championship in 20 years.

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Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. celebrates with the U.S. flag after their win. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. celebrates after scoring in the shootout. REUTERS/David W Cerny TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players celebrate their win. REUTERS/David W Cerny TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. scores in the shootout. REUTERS/David W Cerny TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. wears her gold medal and holds a U.S. flag as she celebrates winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Final Match - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea, February 22, 2018 - Goalkeeper Madeline Rooney of the U.S. makes a save against Meghan Agosta of Canada during a penalty shootout in the gold medal game of Women's hockey. REUTERS/Frank Franklin/Pool
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Megan Keller of the U.S. and Danielle Cameranesi of the U.S. wear their gold medals and hold a U.S. flag as they celebrate winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players hold up their gold medals and a U.S. flag as they celebrate after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Final Match - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea, February 22, 2018 - Laura Stacey (C) of Canada wipes her eyes as she stands with teammates Lauriane Rougeau (L) and Laura Fortino after losing the gold medal game to Team USA. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women Final Match - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea, February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. scores the game winning goal against goalkeeper Shannon Szabados of Canada during a penalty shootout. REUTERS/Bruce Bennett/Pool
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players hold up their gold medals and U.S. flags as they celebrate after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Kendall Coyne of the U.S. and Hilary Knight of the U.S. celebrate with the flag after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Kendall Coyne of the U.S. is embraced by partner Broncos tackle Michael Schofield after the game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Kendall Coyne of the U.S. is embraced by partner Broncos tackle Michael Schofield after the game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players hold up their gold medals as they pose after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Kendall Coyne of the U.S. and Hilary Knight of the U.S. celebrate with the flag after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Coach Robb Stauber of the U.S. pumps his fist in celebration at the end of the shootout, as they win the game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players hold up their gold medals as they pose after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players hold up their gold medals as they pose after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players pose with U.S. flags after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Kacey Bellamy of the U.S. shows her mother Maura her gold medal. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players bite on their gold medals as they pose after winning their game. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Goalie Maddie Rooney of the U.S. and teammate Sidney Morin smile with their gold medals after their victory. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Kendall Coyne of the U.S. and teammate Hilary Knight pose with their national flag and gold medals after their victory. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Gold medallists, Team USA pose with their medals. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Larocque of Canada holds her silver medal in her hand, next to teammates wearing their medals during the medal ceremony. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Gold medallists, Team USA pose with with their national flags after their victory. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Team USA players celebrate as they receive their gold medals during the medal ceremony. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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The congratulatory tweet to the women’s hockey team was Trump’s first about the Olympics since the two he sent Feb. 7, two days before Games began.

With the president remaining in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence led the U.S. delegation at the Opening Ceremony. The president’s daughter, Ivanka, will be on hand for the closing ceremony.

“I am honored to lead the US delegation to the closing ceremonies of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. We look forward to congratulating Team USA and celebrating all that our athletes have achieved. Their talent, drive, grit and spirit embodies American excellence, and inspire us all,” she said in a statement.

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Sam Cooper is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter!

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