For less devastating footage, here's Smile Japan scoring their first Olympic goal since 1998 today, on a filthy knuckle-puck by Ayaka Toko.

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As you might imagine, the team's first Olympic goal in 16 years was cause for some celebrating:

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What are they like off the ice?

Just as likable! Like a lot of athletes who play low-tier Olympic sports, many of the girls had to work regular jobs in order to make ends meet while training for the Olympics. Forward Tomoko Sakagami had a gig delivering pizzas, Azusa Nakaoku works at a sporting good store, and Yuka Hirano works for a convenience store chain. But they all find time to play hockey on nights and weekends. Tomoe Yamane explains her reason for continuing to play:

By playing ice hockey, I learned the importance of building human relationships and patience through work. Winning at the Olympics is not only for myself—it is also to repay the favour to my team.

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Anything else I need to know?

In addition to being a lovable underdog, the Japanese team knows how to have fun. When they first arrived in Sochi, they were allowed some practice time on the Olympic rink, but instead of running drills, the girls decided to soak in the moment of actually being at the Olympics. That's how we got these great photos:

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When's their next game, and why should I watch?

Thursday, against Germany. Smile Japan has no chance at a medal, but if they can play Russia to a one-goal difference, they have a legitimate chance at finally getting a victory, and that would be great to see.

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