Former Badger leads women's hockey into Olympics
"Anytime you get a chance to represent your country on the Olympic stage, I think being excited is an understatement."
With those words, Team USA women's hockey captain and former Wisconsin Badger Meghan Duggan reveals the pride she has in competing for America for the second time. She will lead her team in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.
"Being an Olympian puts everything in life in perspective. The event is so much bigger than the one individual, one sport, one country," she said on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."
She's not alone among the Bucky contingent going halfway across the world for the Games.
"Quite a few Badgers. We shot off a picture on the internet of the four of us holding up a motion W."
Motion is a bit of a theme for the US team, as they hope to let speed be one of their main advantages in Sochi.
"We're trying to capitalize on our speed, use our youth, the speed of the young girls."
However, toughness is required - particularly against neighbors and archrivals Canada, the defending champions.
"In our tour games against Canada, things get a little feisty. It's a heated rivalry. Both countries have a lot of respect for each other...but when we step on the ice, it doesn't matter. We're going to do whatever it takes to win," she said.
As they prepare for Sochi, she says they're also focusing on the little details that can bring rewards; like Olympic gold medals.
"We've got a great coaching staff...tweaking small things of our game to make us the best team we can be."