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Gigi Marvin, triple Olympic hockey medalist, retires

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medal winner Gigi Marvin #19 of the United States celebrates during the victory ceremony after defeating Canada in a shootout in the Women’s Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Gigi Marvin, a three-time U.S. Olympic hockey player whose last appearance with the national team was in 2019, has retired, according to USA Hockey.

Marvin, 34, was one of six players of the national team’s new golden generation who played in each of the last three Olympics.

Four of the others previously retired after finally taking gold in PyeongChang -- captain Meghan Duggan, twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando and stalwart defender Kacey Bellamy. The last active player from that group is Hilary Knight, a superstar forward poised to lead the 2022 Olympic team.

Marvin, once nicknamed “NAHOOP” (Not A Hair Out Of Place), didn’t receive the same amount of newsprint as the others. Her importance to the national team was in her versatility.

She began as a forward, then switched to defense for her last two Olympics, including leading the team’s skaters in ice time in 2014. Marvin, the oldest player on the 2018 Olympic team, was the U.S.’ first shooter in that year’s epic final shootout, and she scored on Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados.

Marvin learned to skate at age 2 in Warroad, Minnesota, a hockey town near the Canadian border that also bred gold-medal winners Roger Christian and Bill Christian (1960) and Dave Christian (1980), plus 2014 Olympian T.J. Oshie, who had his own shootout heroics.

In 2008, Marvin and aunt Robin founded RinkRat 19 Hockey School, a one-week, all-girls hockey camp in Warroad that since expanded to boys and girls, teaching nearly 2,000 total campers in 13 years.

NBC Olympic research contributed to this report.

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