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Moments: Malene Frandsen scores Denmark’s first Olympic goal

In the country’s first game, the assistant captain net her country’s first Olympic goal ever

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Malene Frandsen #89 of Team Denmark celebrates a goal in the first period during their Women’s Preliminary Round Group B match against Team China at Wukesong Sports Centre on February 04, 2022 in Beijing, China.
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

It didn’t take long for Danish Olympic history to be made tonight!

The first moment happened when the team stepped out on the ice for the country’s first ever - in both men’s and women’s - Olympic ice hockey game.

The second happened just 8:06 in their game against host China when Malene Frandsen scored the first goal in Olympic history for Denmark. The assist on the historic goal came from Nicoline Jensen.

Denmark controlled the puck in their own zone. Jensen pull up along the boards near the top of the faceoff circle. She had two teammates creating traffic in front of the Chinese net. Goaltender Kimberly Newell made the initial stop, but the rebound bounced directly to Frandsen, who skated had skated to the net behind everyone. She found herself wide open with the whole net open and the puck on her stick.

The rest is history.

Denmark qualified for their first Olympic tournament by winning both Qualifying Tournaments. They play in Group B, where only the top three teams will advance to the quarterfinals.