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February 2018

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PHOTO BY USA Hockey Magazine Archives A s the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock perched high above the ice inside the Big Hat ice hockey arena in Nagano, Japan, the 20 members of the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team poured onto the ice to celebrate the first gold medal in women's Olympic hockey history. Moments later, Karyn Bye skated triumphantly around the ice with the Stars and Stripes draped over her shoulders, a la Jim Craig in 1980. "I needed that flag around me because 20 members of this team represent this country, and I'm so proud to be an American," the River Falls, Wis., native said. "I don't know if it's sank in yet, but I guess we're making history right now." The on-ice celebration eventually gave way to a deeper reflection of what had just transpired. With her gold medal still hanging around her neck, Cammi Granato talked about how one well-placed victory could inspire future generations of young hockey players watching back home. "I hope this has a big impact on young girls and boys," said the younger sister of Tony Granato, who will coach this year's U.S. Men's Olympic Team. "It's about time women's hockey got some exposure." Her words rang true as half a world away a 10-year girl sat inside her Danvers, Mass., home dreaming that one day she too would achieve Olympic gold and glory. Meghan Duggan has twice had the honor of wearing the red, white and blue. Like so many of her teammates, she still recalls the feeling of pride as she watched women's hockey take center stage. " When I think back to watching the 1998 team and meeting Gretchen Ulion and having the opportunity to wear her gold medal, it changed my life. It changed the path I chose, the schools I attended and the cities I lived in. It's why I'm standing where I am today," recalled Duggan, who will again captain this year's squad. 38 // 2018 OLYMPIC PREVIEW USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM This Year's U.S. Women's Olympic Team Is Determined To See History Repeat Itself // by Harry Thompson U . S . W O M E N ' S O LY M P I C T E A M TIME SHINE TO

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