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U.S. women’s hockey goalie puts married life on hold for Olympics


James OBrien

U.S. women’s hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin experienced a whirlwind 2013 in which she qualified for the 2014 Olympics and got married. Attempting to win a gold medal meant putting newlywed life to the side, as she told The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“I saw him for about two weeks,” McLaughlin said. “It’s a long year. You put your life on hold. Every single day is training and you have to choose hockey over any other life. It’s a huge commitment.”

McLaughlin, 26, backed up returning goalie Jessie Vetter as the United States won silver in the 2010 Olympics but hopes to usurp her in 2014. It’s possible that Vetter might have the upper hand, yet much like U.S. men’s coach Dan Bylsma, Katey Stone opted against naming a No. 1 at this stage of the game.

Either way, it seems like McLaughlin believes that the internal competition will keep America’s netminders sharp.

“We want a win a gold medal,’' McLaughlin said. “That’s been the focus all year long. Every single day, we’re working on all the little, small stuff, and there’s no stone unturned. We’re going to be ready.”

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