SOCHI -- T.J. Oshie woke up Sunday morning in the same bed he's been sleeping in since he got to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His clothes were in the same spot. David Backes still was his roommate. He still had a game to play later in the afternoon against Slovenia.
Everything seemed so normal. Except, of course, for the fact that Oshie woke up after turning into an overnight sensation, so much so that his followers on Twitter more than doubled and he received a congratulatory message from the White House Twitter account for his epic performance in the shootout Saturday, when he went 4-for-6 to help the United States beat Russia 3-2 at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
The message was tagged with "-bo," indicating that it was from President Barack Obama himself.
"When someone told me that I didn't really believe them," Oshie said following the Americans' 5-1 win against Slovenia on Sunday. "Someone actually showed it to me. For him to go out of his way from his busy life and take the time to congratulate my teammates and I, is pretty special."