U.S. Gold Medalist: We Hope Our Win Inspires Girls To Play Hockey

Monique Lamoureux and the U.S. women's hockey team beat Canada in a shootout to win gold for the first time since 1998

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
March 13, 2018 - 9:25 am

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Weeks after beating Canada in a shootout to win gold for the first time since 1998, the U.S. women’s hockey team is still riding high. The Canadians had won four straight gold medals from 2002-14, but Team USA ended their dominance – and they hope it inspires young girls to give hockey a try.

“Our hope is that it’s able to create a springboard for girls and women hockey in the U.S.,” gold medalist Monique Lamoureux said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think when you think back to major female sporting events, you think of the ’99 World Cup team (with) Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain. And then you think of the ’98 (women’s hockey) team from Nagano (that won gold). You think of those majors events. You think of the Williams sisters and how those events have helped those particular sports on the women’s side. We hope that our gold medal and the way in which we won in such dramatic fashion, we hope that’s a springboard and gets more girls to play hockey. It’s not just about the sport; it’s about the lessons it teaches you when you’re done playing sports and you go on to your professional careers and the confidence it creates. I think that’s what our hope is.”

 

 

The U.S. women lost the gold-medal match to Canada in Salt Lake City in 2002, in Vancouver in 2010, and in Sochi in 2014. Getting over the proverbial hump was extremely important for the 2018 team.

“We have had such a great mixture of veteran leaders and youth on our team,” said Lamoureux, 28. “What’s so great about the young players on the team that are up-and-coming and have been on the national team for two or three years, they’ve won at every level within the national-team program. They find a way to win and they know how to win. With that mixture of us being successful, just not on the Olympic stage, and us shedding light on what it’s like to lose on that stage – if you lose at a world championship, that sucks, but you get a crack at it a year later. It does not compare one bit to the loss in an Olympic gold-medal game. That mixture of success, heartbreak, young and old was a perfect mix for our team.”