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Westfield residents cheer on their own Olympian

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Thursday's contest between the United States and Canada meant a lot for the city.

The gold medal rematch from 2010 once again had one of their own, Lacey Belay, playing for the Olympics top prize.

For the majority of the afternoon, the people who know Belay believed she would bring home the gold.

Dozens turned out at the Tavern restaurant, watching Belay and Team USA try to win gold for the first time since 1998.

The crowd was not limited to relatives. Family friends said they wanted to show their support for the Belays, who have made a big impact on the city.

"Anybody who knows Maura and Bobby and their children, they're all positive," said Candy Boyer, a former co-worker with Belay's father. "They do positive mantras all the time."

Boyer said there is a great feeling watching Belay play.

"She had the opportunity to play, and her brothers play," said Boyer. "She went and made it happen. I think she's tough."

Up until late in the third period, there was reason to celebrate.

Team USA led Canada 2-0, but two late Canadian goals sent the game into overtime.

The silence after Canada took the lead in OT was deafening.

For the second straight Olympics, Canada beat the U.S., leaving Belay with the silver medal.

While Belay's sister, Lindsay, was upset with the outcome, she told CBS 3 that she could not be more proud. 

Lindsay also said that Thursday's result may very well motivate Lacey to make another run in four years.

"Her passion is to win that gold medal," said Lindsay. "It's been that way this whole time, eight years now. I think she's going to want it and she's going to keep trying until she gets it."

Belay's parents were over in So chi, watching the action in person.

Lindsay said they have enjoyed their entire time in Russia and have had no security concerns.

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