A crowd of local residents gathered at the Ste. Anne Curling Club Thursday night to watch the Canadian women's hockey team play Team USA for gold at the winter games in South Korea.
Two members of Team Canada, Bailey Bram and Jocelyne Larocque, are from Ste. Anne.
Bailey's brother Ryan says it was a proud moment for Ste. Anne residents, despite the shootout loss.
"It was amazing and, honestly, I'm so proud of everyone that was part of Team Canada and the two girls from Ste. Anne especially. Words couldn't describe watching them play today. Unfortunately, they lost to the Americans today. Everyone wanted a different outcome, obviously, but that's part of life eh, someone has to lose."
Meanwhile, Norm Larocque, Jocelyne's uncle, says it was amazing to see two local kids playing for Canada in the gold medal game.
"It's a big moment. It's kind of reliving what we experienced in 2014 in her first Olympics. But to be here in Ste. Anne where it all started and to have the Bram family here and to know that Bailey is with Jocie, two kids that grew up together and played minor hockey together, it's great. It's amazing, we represent such a small part of the population in Canada, yet we represent ten per cent of the team."
Bram adds this is a big deal for local folks.
"You could tell that there's so much support in this community and a lot of pride. It's a tightly-knit community, only 2,500 people or so, and it's just amazing to see a lot of support for our hometown girls. We're very proud that they're coming home with silver medals. I know they wanted gold but we're so proud of them for what they achieved in silver as well."