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Canada Dethrones USA at Top of Women's IIHF World Rankings

The United States has fallen out of the top spot of the updated 2022 IIHF women's World Rankings, with Canada, the 2022 Beijing gold medalists, taking first in a tiebreaker.
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The queens have lost their crowns.

The United States has fallen out of the top spot of the updated 2022 IIHF women's World Rankings, with Canada, the 2022 Beijing gold medalists, taking over.

Canada also won gold at the 2021 World Championship, giving it a further boost. Canada takes top spot despite sitting in a dead heat with the United States, with its most recent wins giving it the advantage. USA had the top spot for six years in a row thanks to its World Championship domination and the 2018 Olympic gold. 

Finland remains in third place, a spot they've kept since 2015. Switzerland and Russia swapped spots with the Swiss moving to fourth. Sweden jumped over Germany for ninth, while Denmark moved into the top 10 after making the Olympics for the first time. China was the biggest mover inside the top 10 after moving up three spots to 17th.

The rankings were a bit wonky with COVID-19 causing teams to either sit out or have events cancelled altogether. The next update will take place following the 2022 World Championship this summer.

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