Julie Chu, the only member of the U.S. women’s national team over the age of the 30, is a veteran of the Olympics scene, having made her debut by winning a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Games. She has also participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, winning a bronze medal at Torino in 2006 and a silver medal at Vancouver at 2010.

Chu also captained Harvard University, for whom she played for four years, and has won the championship of the professional Canadian Women’s Hockey League–the Clarkson Cup–on two occasions: with the Minnesota Whitecaps in 2009-10 and Montreal Stars in 2010-11.

Career highlights:

  • Olympics: Won silver medals at Salt Lake in 2002 and Vancouver in 2010, and a bronze medal at Torino in 2006. 
  • Olympics: Has 15 career points (four goals, 11 assists) in 15 career Olympic games played.
  • IIHF World Championships: Five-time gold medal winner, and a four-time silver medalist.
  • College Hockey: During her time at Harvard–where she graduated in 2007–she became the all-time leading scorer in the history of Division I women’s hockey.
  • College Hockey: In 2007, her senior year at Harvard, she won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is given annually to the top female player in women’s collegiate hockey.

Things to know:

1. She won an NCAA Division I National Championship as an assistant coach with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2007-08, and has also been an assistant coach of the women’s team at Union College.

2. Attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, which is the same high school that President John F. Kennedy attended.

3. In 2002, became the first Asian American to ever play on the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. Her father, Wah, was born in China and emigrated to the United States when he was 16.

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