Anne Marie Tiernon/WTHR
SOCHI, RUSSIA - I watched the American women's hockey team today dig deep.
Their loss to Canada 2-3 in overtime hurt. They shared that they got little to no sleep.
They had led their rivals for all but 55 seconds of the gold medal game, but in the end they lost in OT.
It was disappointing. It hurt. It wasn't what they expected.
Still, they got up today and made it through a day of questions.
A day of "what if's?"....a day they probably would rather spent holed up in their dorm rooms.
I appreciated the candor and grace of Jessie Better, Amanda Kessel, Meghan Duggan, Julie Chu and their head coach Katey Stone.
They called the game numbing, and revealed they were devastated that they were not on the highest platform.
Devastated. We didn't train as hard a we did to be in second place, they said.
Still, they are proud to wear the USA Jersey. They feel connected as a team.
They feel love and support from the States. They heard President Obama was trying to call them.
They are, they insisted, going to be okay.
At the end of our interview, we had a group hug. Julie Chu said, "Thanks...sometimes a hug is what you need."
I am thinking seeing the men beat Canada tonight would also help! :)
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